Basra: Needle Makers
In his Aḥsan al-taqāsīm fi maʿrifat al-aqālīm, al-Muqaddasi (d. 991) notes that needles are made from al-rāsikhit, a copper alloy produced in Basra. Al-Rāsikhit was also used to manufacture knives. See also: Founder; Copper Beater; Knife Maker.
Citation: Muqaddasi, Muhammad ibn Ahmad. Aḥsan al-taqāsīm fi maʿrifat al-aqālīm (Cairo: Maktabat Madbili, 1991), vol. 3, p. 128.