An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology (New Edinburgh by Marcus Milwright

By Marcus Milwright

This creation to the archaeology of the Islamic global lines the historical past of the self-discipline from its earliest manifestations via to the current and evaluates the contribution made via archaeology to the certainty of key points of Islamic tradition. the writer argues that it truly is crucial for the result of archaeological examine to be extra totally built-in into the broader ancient examine of the Islamic international. His organization of the e-book into large issues permits a spotlight on matters which are proper throughout various areas and classes, and the large geographical scope displays the main target of archaeological paintings within the Islamic global to the current day. (1/1/11)

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45 International trade has also been studied in the distribution of Islamic artefacts beyond the borders of the Islamic world, ranging from tombs in China to coin hoards in Scandinavia and to glazed ceramics excavated at medieval ports in Europe (chapters 3 and 8). Another significant change has been the shift from the concentration upon sites associated with the political and economic elites to the examination of the lives of the less affluent, both in towns and in villages. The archaeology of the countryside is also being approached through the use of regional surveys.

3). Excavations in the 1930s revealed a 28 An introduction to Islamic archaeology large brick building surrounded by an intervallum and a fortified wall on the qibla side of the mosque. 670, although the evidence is far from conclusive. The earliest positive dating of the Umayyad residences (in Arabic qasr, pl. 8 The first one is Khirbat al-Karak in northern Israel – one which may have been a palace, known in Arabic sources as Sinnabra or Sinnabris, employed by both Mu‘awiya and ‘Abd al-Malik. The second one is Bakhra’, located to the south of the Syrian desert city of Palmyra.

Despite their evident limitations, the publications from Hama, like those of Antioch to the north, provide valuable insights into the diversity of material culture in the cities of Greater Syria, particularly in the period from the eleventh to the end of the fourteenth century. Islamic material also appeared in the publication of other multi-period sites in Greater Syria, but more important than these was the renewed focus on the archaeology of the Umayyad qusur. 42 Important later excavations of Umayyad sites in Greater Syria include those of Qasr al-Hayr East and of the citadel of ‘Amman.

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