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Textile Manufacture and Trade
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Textiles of various kinds were manufactured and used throughout the Muslim world in the Middle Ages. As S. D. Goitein observed: “Comparable to the place of steel and other metals in modern economy, textiles represented the major industry of medieval times in the Mediterranean area” (p. 101). According to information found in the Cairo Geniza, many Jews in Egypt were in the business of exporting locally grown flax to Tunisia and Sicily for use in the production of linen and of importing and selling silk and cotton (primarily from Central Asia, but a…

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Leah Bornstein-Makovetsky, “Textile Manufacture and Trade”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0005510>
First published online: 2010

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