The objective of the programme will be first to organise three conferences. The papers given during the conferences will be published in three volumes edited by Bessard and Kennedy. These volumes will represent the first time that a comprehensive account of the economy of the Islamic world in this key period has ever been attempted. They will be both clearly argued and source of reference to anyone working in the field.
This project also aims to translate and publish a selection of the most important Russian articles of the Soviet on urbanism and economy in Central Asia which are largely lost to modern international scholarship.