SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic Studies

Some Aspects of Market Life in 3rd Century (AH) Baghdad

Dr Farid Elshayyal

Date: 6 December 2017Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 6 December 2017Time: 2:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: B209

Type of Event: Seminar

Baghdad during the 3rd century AH/ 9th CE had become the economic capital of the world. A great part of its wealth was created by trade and commerce. In fact, it was trade that played the most important role in the prosperity of the Abbasid Caliphate and its residents. The markets (suqs) of Baghdad sold numerous goods from all corners of the globe. In a short time Baghdad was developing in such way that every occupation/ craft had its own market or street in the city, enabling buyers and sellers to interact efficiently. Baghdad was the first place west of China to produce and sell large quantities of paper. Baghdad was also the cradle of our times’ sophisticated financial institutions and services such as banks, cheques, and currency exchange markets. This lecture, highlights some aspects of the market life in Baghdad in the 6th/9th century.


Farid Elsayyal was Visiting Professor at the Modern Language Centre (King's College) and a senior teaching assistant at the Centre of Islamic Studies SOAS, University of London. His research interests include Islamic History and Civilisation, Islamic Law, Muslims in Britain, Arabic Language, Arabic Manuscripts and Translation.

Organiser: Centre of Islamic Studies