The Arab Agricultural Revolution and Its Diffusion, 700–1100

  title={The Arab Agricultural Revolution and Its Diffusion, 700–1100},
  author={Andrew M. Watson},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={8 - 35}
  • A. M. Watson
  • Published 1 March 1974
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of Economic History
The rapid spread of Islam into three continents in the seventh and eighth centuries was followed by the diffusion of an equally remarkable but less well documented agricultural revolution. Originating mainly in India, where heat, moisture and available crops all favored its development and where it had been practiced for some centuries before the rise of Islam, the new agriculture was carried by the Arabs or those they conquered into lands which, because they were colder and drier, were much… 

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