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Many scholars believe that with the spread of Islam in the 8th century, the agriculture throughout North Africa and the Middle East rapidly improved from the spread of knowledge and new crops available from Spain to India.  We will look at some of the sources of this revolution (new crops like eggplants or rice, and the spread of irrigation), how much of an improvement it might have been, and some of the questions regarding the estimates of agricultural quality in the medieval world.

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