Gold Mining in Arabia and the Rise of the Islamic State

in Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
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Abstract

The financial and economic strengths of the early Islamic state have been a source of ongoing speculation, causing some scholars to even question medieval Makkah's economic reason to exist. This article explores the role of precious metals - gold and silver - in lending vitality to the economy of Western Arabia in the formative years of the Dar al-Islam . Combining primary source evidence with artifacts and qualitative and quantitative analysis of mining residuals, including carbon 14 dating, it produces evidence suggesting that such metals played a far more significant role in contemporary commerce and industry than has been heretofore generally acknowledged.

Gold Mining in Arabia and the Rise of the Islamic State

in Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

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