Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yet Another Language and More Historic Texts

Like Sanskrit, Arabic has a sizable corpus of premodern texts dealing with agriculture and horticulture, beginning with the Nabatean Agriculture (الفلاحة النبطية  Al-filāḥah al-nabaṭīyah)  produced in the early 10th century by the Iraqi Ibn Waḥshīyah, supposedly as a translation from Syriac. They have been studied much more extensively than their Sanskrit counterparts, especially the subset of gardening manuals that were written by medieval Arabic-speaking agronomists in what is now southern Spain. There is even a cool project focusing entirely on the extant collection of historic Arabic garden writing and the existing scholarship about it:

Have a look - there is a lot of fascinating stuff there!


  1. I can't wait to learn more from your link! The great influence of the Arabian people on the pleasure gardens of Europe and much of the western world is evident in so many beautiful spaces. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Glad you find it interesting! The Middle Eastern influence in garden design and plant palette really does reach far, particularly in Mediterranean climates.


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