Lecture F 5-29

Lecture F 5-29 - Lecture F 5/29 1. Abbasid "golden age"...

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Lecture F 5/29 1. Abbasid “golden age” 9th-12thc. o + infrastructure (roads, bridges, canals, inns) + natural resources + shared reliable currency across empire + shared Arabic language across empire + tech transfer across empire => commercial prosperity 2. Aided by commercial innovations: o Banking system with Personal checks Bank loans 3. Joint stock ventures (investors buy shares) = diversification, shared risk 4. Commercial law (Koran pro written contracts) 5. o from China and India o to Spain and S. Italy o (see the word list handout) 6. The Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor 7. Q: What can we learn about cultural history from fiction –even fantastical fiction? o A1: evidence of intercultural exchange o A2: values and concerns of the society 8. Sinbad tales = popular culture, not high culture;
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This note was uploaded on 07/26/2009 for the course MMW 654321 taught by Professor Smarr during the Spring '09 term at UCSD.

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Lecture F 5-29 - Lecture F 5/29 1. Abbasid "golden age"...

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