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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1126: Entangled Environments, II: Human and Non-Human Agents in the Medieval Arabic and Latin World

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Susannah Bain, Faculty of History University of Oxford
Geraint Morgan, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Susannah Bain, Faculty of History University of Oxford
Paper 1126-a'Gardens beneath which rivers flow': Perennial Water and the Cultural Landscape of Medieval Egypt
(Language: English)
Brendan Haug, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Mentalities
Paper 1126-bBeyond the Caliph's Kitchen: Ecological Entanglements in a 10th-Century Baghdadi Cookbook
(Language: English)
Luke Bateman, Merton College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Mentalities, Science, Social History
Paper 1126-cReleasing Fish from the Network of the Human-Fish Relationship
(Language: English)
Polina Ignatova, Department of History, Lancaster University
Index terms: Anthropology, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History, Social History

This session will offer perspectives on the entanglement of human and non-human agencies in fields, water, and kitchens. Brendan Haug's paper will analyse how early Islamicate authors domesticated the Fayyūm's watery otherness and refashioned it into a landscape that both prefigured and justified the burgeoning Islamisation of Egypt. Luke Bateman's paper will consider the networks of food production, body-environment entanglement, and nature-culture hierarchies of Abbasid Caliphate through the cookbook Kitab al-Tabikh by Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq. Polina Ignatova's paper will focus on working between archaeology, human written medieval sources, and modern ecology to approach writing fish histories as companions not commodities.