Orient & Méditerranée, Laboratoire Mondes Sémitiques, UMR 8167, CNRS, Paris
Call for Papers
Archaeological and Historical Round-table
Paris, France, May 3rd 2012
The Arabian Trade: Between Image and Reality
The end of the second and the first millennia BCE have witnessed the emergence and development of several wide reaching trade systems. One of the most outstanding among these was the Arabian Trade Route that ran from Arabia to West Africa, the Southern Levant and the Mediterranean coasts.
The archaeological and the historical research of the Arabian trade involve various economic and political aspects regarding the southern Levantine and Arabian societies at the end of the Late Bronze and Iron Age. The last decades have seen the development of a vibrant discussion concerning the geographical, chronological, cultural, socio-political and economic aspects in these regions. While the renewed focus on the Arabian trade resulted in new data and publications, Arabia and the Levant are separately discussed and analyzed. The rift between the two regions is reflected in the current scholarly image of the Arabian trade that is a mixture of facts and biases, false discount previews and speculations.
The idea to establish a round-table derived from the notion that the study of the Arabian trade system requires a dialogue between scholars dealing with the subject in both Arabia and the Levant. Therefore, our main goal is to create a discourse between scholars dealing with the subject in order to create a link between the two regions.
The discussion will focus in the following subjects: Long distance trade systems (incense, copper) and major trade routes between Arabia and the Levant; Chronological discussion concerning the emergence and development of the Arabian trade; New perspectives regarding animals' and plants domestication; A study of the socio-political and economic spheres involved in the trade with an emphasis on the interaction between different political entities: empires, regional kingdoms and local social groups.
Proposal abstracts should be 300-500 words and should be sent to tyifat@...
The organizers: Michael Jasmin, Christian Robin and Yifat Thareani
Dr. Yifat Thareani
Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology
13 King David St. Jerusalem,
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