Networks and Ties of Exchange: Trade and Merchants across the pre-modern Middle East (600-1600 CE)

Event Description

This two-day workshop presents recent research about trade in the pre-modern period by looking at a variety of practices and institutions. Taking the Islamic Middle East as our observation point to examine global trade in the first millennium and the middle ages, we wish to highlight social, cultural and economic ties created and sustained through material exchanges. The main goal of our workshop is to put an international group of scholars in conversation by presenting ongoing research and new studies focusing on trade networks and patterns of exchange. We will discuss some of the most salient features of trans-regional trade in and across the Islamic Middle East, and look for trade’s impact on political events or processes. This will also allow us to investigate trade’s role in establishing, maintaining, or unmaking pre-modern empires.



Catia Antunes (University of Leiden), Hanna Barker (Arizona University), Fanny Bessard (University of Oxford), Jessica Goldberg (UCLA), Parvaneh Pourshariati (CUNY) Stefanie Schmidt (Freie University), Elodie Vigouroux (CNRS Beirut), Awet Teklehimanot Araya (University of Exeter), Peter Fibiger Bang (Copenhagen University), Koray Durak (Boğaziçi University), Reza Huseini (University of Leiden), Chris Wickham (University of Oxford), Yasuhiro Yokkaichi (Rikkyo University of Tokyo).

Organizers: Cecilia Palombo, Petra Sijpesteijn & EmCo team.

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