Economic Impact and Consequences of the Plagues on the Medieval Middle East      

By Şevket Pamuk * This is a summary of an article co-authored by Şevket Pamuk & Maya Shatzmiller, Plagues, Wages and Economic Change in the Islamic Middle East, 700-1500, 74 The Journal of Economic History 196 (2014). The medieval and early modern Middle East experienced two long episodes of plague. Both the Justinian Plague that began in … Continue reading Economic Impact and Consequences of the Plagues on the Medieval Middle East      

:: Pandemic Roundtable :: Introduction

In the age of COVID-2019, we at the Islamic Law Blog have curated a set of essays on the theme of pandemics in Islamic history and thought. Leading scholars and advanced students of Islamic law and history comment on the phenomena of plagues and epidemics across centuries and geographic boundaries, giving us an opportunity to … Continue reading :: Pandemic Roundtable :: Introduction

The Bazaar in the History of Global Capitalism

By Fahad Bishara Those of us working in the humanities and social sciences may have noticed that discussions of the history of capitalism have experienced something of a renaissance over the past decade or so; historical materialism is making a strong comeback. Historians are now undertaking new work in political economy that seeks to more … Continue reading The Bazaar in the History of Global Capitalism

The Persianate Bazaar

By Fahad Bishara I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about the Persianate world. I only came across the term something like six years ago, when I heard someone present their research at a workshop. I don’t study Iran (and barely study India), and I don’t know much Persian (though I … Continue reading The Persianate Bazaar

The Maritime Bazaar

By Fahad Bishara In my first blog post, I introduced the idea of the bazaar as a site for thinking about the intertwined histories of law and economic life in the Islamic world, and ended by promising a couple of more focused explorations of the topic. The first of these is something I have direct … Continue reading The Maritime Bazaar

Into the Bazaar

By Fahad Bishara There’s nothing like a global pandemic to get us to appreciate how far we’ve come in thinking about the history of law and economic life in the Islamic world over the last decade or so. In my reading of it, the field is crossing an important threshold: it was once a popular … Continue reading Into the Bazaar

Law and Economic Life in the Islamic World: A Teaching Post

By Fahad Ahmad Bishara. Reposted from the Legal History Blog with permission from the author. For this post, instead of giving reflections on research or on writing in Indian Ocean legal history, I thought I’d write about something lots of us do and talk about: teaching. It is, after all, that time in the semester, isn’t it? … Continue reading Law and Economic Life in the Islamic World: A Teaching Post