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 on: April 29, 2013, 04:07:30 PM 
Started by Sijilmassa - Last post by CamKrist
I decided to give a hand and sent a post into social bookmarks. I hope the popularity will rise in.

 on: October 27, 2011, 01:57:55 PM 
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The Filaha Texts Project is looking for a new spiritual and physical home. If any academic institution (or individual attached to an institution) is interested in taking on the 'ownership', management and development of the project, please contact the co-ordinator at
Many thanks.

 on: October 06, 2011, 03:58:50 PM 
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Dr Sabina Asins has kindly alerted me to the marvellous The Manuscript@CSIC portal which presents the digitized collections of manuscripts in Hebrew, Arabic and Aljamiado held in the network of CSIC libraries:

It includes Ibn Luyun's Kitāb ibdāʼ al-malāḥa wa-inhāʼ al-raŷāḥa fī uṣūl ṣināʽat al-filāḥa preserved in the manuscript held by the Biblioteca de la Escuela de Estudios Árabes (C.S.I.C.) in Granada. It can be accessed here

Thank you CSIC!

 on: October 04, 2011, 12:51:43 PM 
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The Bibliothèque Virtuelle de la Méditerranée has published digital images of a complete manuscript of 11 folios, referenced tia 12/4 from the Bibliothèque de manuscrits Lmuhub Ulahbib in Bejaïa, Algeria, catalogued as the Kitab Mukhtassar al-Filaha (‘The Concise Book of Farming’) of Abi Abd Allah Muhammad ben Ibrahim ben Basal living 476/1086:

I can find no other mention of this abridgement of Ibn Baṣṣāl or to the ms. in question (it is not mentioned in Carabaza et al., 1991, nor in Ṣālihīyya 1984). Since the manuscript is available online and is relatively brief, it would be most useful if one of the Arabists among the Filaha Texts Network could provide the Arabic text and English translation, or at least, a synopsis of the work. Any takers?

Also published on the Bibliothèque Virtuelle de la Méditerranée site is the complete ms. (reference asn) of al-Ra'diya, seemingly in the almanac tradition, by ‘Abī al-Riğāl al-Andalusī (5th/11th C.) or Ibn Abi Rijal, Hassan Al-Andalusi,  

and also

the ms. Tuhfat al-Fallah fima lahu min al-Falah attributed to Abi'l-hassan al-Sufi,

 on: October 04, 2011, 11:28:44 AM 
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The International Alliance for Terraced Landscapes (ITLA) is planning to hold its Second Conference on Terraced Landscapes in April or May 2013 in Peru. For further information see or contact

 on: September 14, 2011, 10:35:40 AM 
Started by ChristianeT - Last post by Sijilmassa
Unfortunately I don't have the Arabic text at hand but Ibn al-'Awwam does indeed describe in some detail a method of planting onion seedlings on ridges. He adds that, according to Ibn Bassal, this method is used by the Sicilians to good effect (Ibn al'Awwam, French translation by Clement-Mullet revised and corrected by Mohammed El Faiz, 2000, p. 657). The complete Arabic text of Ibn Bassal can be found on this site (under Texts & Translations) so you should be able to locate the reference.

 on: September 01, 2011, 05:31:56 PM 
Started by ChristianeT - Last post by Sijilmassa
From a quick perusal, no mention of Sicilian onions in Philip Lord's translation of selected passages.

 on: August 29, 2011, 06:10:50 PM 
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I understand that Michele Amari, in Storia dei Musulmani, mentions al-'Awwam's Kitab al Falaha, in reference to a particular method of onion growing around Palermo. Does Peter Lord's 1979 partial translation of the Kitab mention this particular information? I'm just trying to see if there's a more available translation of this particular piece of information than Amari's 19th century, many-volume opus. I am not sure if the available Spanish or French translations have this information at all.  Thank you in advance for any insights you can offer.

 on: June 15, 2011, 01:18:01 PM 
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The International Conference on Traditional Knowledge for Water Resources Management will be held on 21- 23 February 2012, in Yazd, Iran. Please review the conference website and kindly contribute to this event by submitting your paper proposals:

 on: June 03, 2011, 04:13:20 PM 
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The History of Bilâd al-Shâm Committee of the University of Jordan will devote its next symposium in April 2012 to agronomy in the Middle East from the late Byzantine Period to the end of Ottoman rule. See attached pdf

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