Saleh, Mohamed (2017) A “New” Economic History of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. The Economics Of Transition, vol. 25 (n° 2). pp. 149-163.

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Identification Number : 10.1111/ecot.12128


This article argues that there is a need to develop a ‘new’ economic and social history of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region that is based on exploiting novel sources of data, including (a) primary papyrological sources from the medieval period, (b) primary sources at the region's local archives and European (colonial) archives, and (c) primary sources from the ancient (pre-Islamic) period. The proposed ‘new’ history of the MENA region must be inter-disciplinary for two reasons: (a) digitizing and employing these novel data sources in research requires the collaboration of social scientists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, demographers and papyrologists, as well as the co-operation of MENA-based scholars who have better access to MENA's local archives, and (b) even if these novel sources are digitized, data limitations are likely to impose a constraint on the reach of quantitative analysis and thus necessitate an inter-disciplinary methodology that combines quantitative evidence with historical analysis.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: April 2017
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Hoboken
JEL Classification: N35 - Asia including Middle East
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 07:45
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