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1 Dr. John Curry Room B-326 (History Conference Room) Class meets: 4:30-7:30pm Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30-4:00pm

2  Columbia University (1976)  Early contributor to world history; Camel and Wheel  Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period (1979)  World History textbook Earth and its Peoples  Controversial theses: View from Edge and Case for Islamo-Christian Civ.

3 Maps of major cities in Iran and its northeast

4 Early Islamic conquests and provincial structure

5 Note Khorasan and Gorgan (Jurjan) at upper right

6 Map showing collapse of Abbasid power over time

7 Central Asian populations in modern times

8  What is the basic narrative that Bulliet advances for Iran’s history from the 600s through 1200s?  Why does cotton matter?  Why does climate matter?  Why do camels matter?  What kinds of evidence does Bulliet advance, and how does it relate to his earlier work?  Why a “moment in world history,” and what are potential consequences for a wider audience?

9  400-650 (Period of Sasanid dominance)  650-900 (Gradual introduction of cotton)  900-1000 (Heyday of “dual agriculture”)  1000-1050 (Arrival of the “Big Chill” and Turkmen nomadic peoples)  1050-1150 (End of cotton growing and flight of Iranian scholarly classes)  1150-1250 (Failure to recover; Mongol era)

10  622-750 (Islamic conquests; Umayyad rule)  750-860 (Classical Islamic civilization under the Abbasids)  860-945 (Abbasid decline)  945-1040 (Decentralization/competition)  1040-1100 (Great Saljuq reconsolidation)  1100-1220 (Institutional finalization)  1220-1405 (Turco-Mongol invasions)

11 Conversion models for various regions of Near East

12  Expanding production of cotton + religious tensions  Silk of earlier times limited to non-Muslims  Lack of arable land leads to Muslim involvement with qanat-building  What is a fulanabad?  Result: trade boom and monetarization (silver)

13  New tools in historical study: dendrochronology and climate change  Various medieval chroniclers corroborate tales of cold and shortage  Weakening of cotton market coincides with cultural/ religious shifts  Shift to nomadic goods

14  The Oghuz, the Ghaznavids and the Saljuq Turks  Explaining the sudden collapse of Mahmud’s state after 1030 C.E.  Issues of “ecological determinism”—did camel- herding cause migration?  Saljuqs inherit economic decline, intellectual flight

15 Extent of the Ghaznavid empire ca. 1030 C.E.

16  Reading the intellectual genealogy of the work: begins with Camel and Wheel  Links new ecological-historical advances into early work on conversion in medieval Persia  Seeks to cover some of the weak or poorly- sources elements in Islam: View From the Edge  Introduces world historical significance grounded in textbook writings and comparison of Islamic and Christian civilizations

17  All October classes (7 th, 14 th, 21 st, 28 th ) will focus on the writing process  Be prepared to present at least 2-3 pages of writing for evaluation to the class  Make 4 copies for me and your fellow three members of the class (or e-mail in advance)  November 4: status report going into final phase  November classes on the 11 th, 18 th, and 25 th will be cancelled for holidays  Presentations on Dec. 2, final paper on Dec. 9

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