Economy and trade in the Islamic world

The Muslim economy stretched much farther and was more sophisticated than the trade of Western Europe:

  • Muslim traders travelled as far as South Africa, China and Russia.
  • They traded in fine quality goods like silk, cotton, carpets, paper, ivory and spices.
  • Hoards of medieval Muslim coins with Arabic writing on them have been dug up by archaeologists in Sweden which was thousands of miles from the nearest reaches of the Islamic World at the time.
Copper jug from Khorasan, Iran (1218)

Medieval Islam artefacts

Copper jug from Khorasan, Iran, 1218.