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Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa

Alan Mikhail


This book is a holistic environmental history of the Middle East and North Africa over the last half millennium. It shows how the intimate connections between peoples and environments shaped political, economic, and social history in startling and often unforeseen ways. Nearly all political powers in the region based their rule on the management and control of natural resources, and nearly all individuals were in constant communion with the natural world. To grasp how these multiple histories were central to the pasts of the Middle East and North Africa, the chapters in this book demonstrate t ... More

Keywords: Middle East, North Africa, environmental history, Eurasia, Mediterranean, Africa, global history, comparative history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199768677
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Mikhail, editor
Yale University