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Cotton, Climate and Camels In early Islamic Iran: A Moment in World History, by Richard Bullet, New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. PP22

“The rise and fall of bourgeois Iranian society does not feature in anyone’s narrative of world history,” notes Richard Bullet, author of Cotton, Climate and Camels In early Islamic Iran. “Should the extraordinary flourishing of Iran’s highland plateau be ascribed to the Arabs who invaded or to the native Iranians? To Muslims exclusively or to the society as a whole? Is the cultural dynamism to be read only in Arabic texts or in Persian writings as well? Only books by Muslims or also in the writings of Zoroastrians, Christians and Jews?” Pertinent questions, indeed.

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