Baghdad Interactions

Textile Fragment with Hunting Scene, 8th century, Syria or Iraq, Metropolitan Museum of Art # 51.57,

What were the multiple ways people of different cultures interacted at the sites of encounter, such as Baghdad?

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As the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate, Baghdad was a site of encounter that attracted people, products, and ideas from all over Afroeurasia. People from many ethnic groups and religions coexisted in the caliphate. The caliphs not only supported merchants and trade but also the collection, translation, and production of knowledge in science, mathematics, and medicine. The vibrant exchange of people, products, and ideas created new products and ideas.