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Date palm production in Rasulid Yemen


Date of creation
  • 2017   Gregorian
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Date palm production in Rasulid Yemen   English  

Work type Single work
Non-literary work Discursive work
Work manifested Monograph
Work genre Textual work

Adult, serious


There is a rich corpus of texts about agriculture during the Rasulid era (13th–15th centuries CE) in Yemen. One of the most important crops at the time was the date palm (nakhl), which was grown in the Tihāma coastal region, Najrān and Ḥaḍramawt. This essay provides a translation and analysis of the section on date palms in the 13th century agricultural treatise Milḥ al-malāḥa fī ma‘rifat al-filāḥa, written by the Rasulid sultan al-Malik al-Ashraf ‘Umar. Details are provided on the varieties of dates, their cultivation, pollination and protection from insects and diseases.

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Created at 28-11-2017 by Dalal Adib (IDEO)

Updated at 14-11-2019 by Dalal Adib (IDEO)