Market Gardening in Medieval Jerusalem

Life on the Farm in Late Medieval Jerusalem - The Peasant Farmstead of Khirbet Beit Mazmil, its Occupants and their Industry over Five Centuries - Bethany J. Walker

Bethany J. Walker [+-]
University of Bonn
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Prof. Dr. Bethany J. Walker (PhD 1998, University of Toronto, Islamic art and archaeology) – Co-Director of the Khirbet Beit Mazmīl excavations and Co-PI of the Medieval Jerusalem Hinterland Project. Research Professor of Mamluk Studies and Director of the Research Unit of Islamic Archaeology at the University of Bonn (Germany). Author of Jordan in the Late Middle Ages: Transformation of the Mamluk Frontier (Chicago, 2011), editor of Reflections of Empire: Archaeological and Ethnographic Studies on the Pottery of the Ottoman Levant (Boston, 2009), and author of 65 scholarly articles. Founding editor of the Journal of Islamic Archaeology (Equinox) and Co-editor of Equinox’s Monographs in Islamic Archaeology.

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Chapter Eight is a survey of the textual record on this site and the villages and farmland in its vicinity, providing the historical backdrop for the archaeological, botanical/faunal, and terrace studies (and simultaneously interpreting their collective results in a historical perspective). The textual record includes a wide range of largely unpublished documents – in the form of court and tax registers, endowment records, legal and agrarian manuals – and the more familiar genres of chronicles, geographies and travelers’ accounts. These texts together allow for an assessment of the political, economic, and social factors behind the development of the farmstead and its fields, from the 14th through 19th centuries. The chapter then culminates with a new assessment of the relationship of medieval Jerusalem with its rural hinterland and the role of commercialization of agriculture in this regard.

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Walker, Bethany. Market Gardening in Medieval Jerusalem. Life on the Farm in Late Medieval Jerusalem - The Peasant Farmstead of Khirbet Beit Mazmil, its Occupants and their Industry over Five Centuries. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2023. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40924. Date accessed: 15 Apr 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40924. Oct 2023

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