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Flowing into the city: Approaches to water management in the early Islamic city of Sultan Kala, Turkmenistan
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    Williams TD
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    UCL Press
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    157, 179
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  • Editors:
    Zhuang Y,Altaweel M
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  • Book title:
    Water Societies and Technologies from the Past and Present
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  • Keywords:
    Central Asia, Silk Roads, Turkmenistan, Urbanism, Water supply
This chapter explores the demand, organisation and delivery of water into the early Islamic city of Sultan Kala (better known as Merv), in modern-day Turkmenistan. It discusses the way pre-existing agricultural irrigation systems were adapted, and how these water systems shaped the urban space. It considers consumption in the context of spiritual (mosques and madrassahs) and practical (domestic, industrial and sanitary) needs, and how the provisioning of these impacted on the development of urban fabric and communities. This provides a context for considering the broader impacts of water management on society and the role of the state and communities in enabling this.
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