The contributors address the history, originality, variety and sophistication of traditional science, technology and material culture in the Middle East and Central Asia, their influence on the history of Europe and the West, and the threat posed by modern Western technologies.

chapter |14 pages


chapter 1|7 pages

Arab and Islamic Contributions to European Civilization

ByRifaat Y. Ebied

chapter 3|8 pages

Al-Tibb al-Nabawi: The Prophet’s Medicine

ByGhada Karmi

chapter 6|24 pages

Wind and Watermills in Iran and Afghanistan

ByMichael Harverson

chapter 7|12 pages

Pigeon Towers and Ice-Houses on the Iranian Plateau

ByElisabeth Beazley

chapter 9|17 pages

From the Rashîdîya to the Ordos: In Search of Early Mongol Tents

ByPeter Alford Andrews

chapter 11|8 pages

Looms, Carpets and Talims

ByJon Thompson

chapter 13|5 pages

The Political Significance of the Bazaar in Iran

ByMahmoud Abdullahzadeh

chapter 14|7 pages

The Impact of Oil Wealth on Traditional Technologies in Rural Oman

ByRoderic W. Dutton