Baghdad: Shoe Makers

Date: Late twelfth century

The market law (ḥisba) manual written by al-Shayzari (fl. late twelfth century) claims that women in Baghdad liked to have shoes made using paper and felt, which would squeak as they walked. The author criticizes this preference as shameful. See also: Felt Maker; Cobbler; Leather Slipper Maker; Shoemaker; Boot Maker.

Citation: al-Shayzari, ʿAbd al-Rahman b. Nasr. The Book of the Market Inspector: Nihāyat al-rutba fī ṭalab al-ḥisba (Utmost Authority in the Pursuit of Ḥisba), trans. R. P. Buckley,  Journal of Semitic Studies Supplement 9 (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 93.

Also: Milwright, Marcus. Islamic Arts and Crafts: An Anthology (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), p. 143.