The Archaeology of Islam / Edition 1

The Archaeology of Islam / Edition 1

by Timothy Insoll
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631201149

ISBN-13: 9780631201144

Pub. Date: 02/03/1999

Publisher: Wiley

This book examines the archaeological implications of Islam as a force which can act upon all areas of life. Islam leaves distinctive material culture remains and distinctive categories of evidence which can be detected and described.

The subject and the geographical area of Islam is vast. The author provides an assessment of the means and the methods of

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This book examines the archaeological implications of Islam as a force which can act upon all areas of life. Islam leaves distinctive material culture remains and distinctive categories of evidence which can be detected and described.

The subject and the geographical area of Islam is vast. The author provides an assessment of the means and the methods of uncovering Islamic material records in the context of a wide range of times and places. Separate chapters examine the mosque, the domestic environment, the Islamic city, death and burial, art, manufacturing and trade. The author draws evidence from the perceived heartlands of the Islamic world (Arabia, the Near East), and from those regions traditionally regarded as the periphery (Africa and the Far East). Coverage extends from the origins of Islam in the seventh century AD up until the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631201144
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/03/1999
Series:
Social Archaeology Series
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Plates
Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2The Mosque26
Scales of Analysis: Structuring Principles and Cultural Diversity27
Structuring Principles: the Mosque28
Cultural Diversity: Regional Traditions33
The Archaeological Study of the Mosque33
Places of Prayer and Muslim Religious Identity49
3The Domestic Environment60
An Ideal Islamic Domestic Environment62
Archaeological Recognition66
Archaeology, Domestic Space and Social Use77
4Muslim Life93
Food and Drink94
Education and Health108
Pilgrimage and Travel109
Personal Possessions and Dress116
Magic and Talismanic Protection124
War128
5Art, Trade and Ideas133
Islamic Art or Art of Muslims: Background and Components134
Visual Imagery144
The Transmission of Muslim Iconography and Other Ideas148
Coinage149
Trade Routes and Trade Goods151
The Transmission of Islamic 'Civilization'162
6Death and Burial166
Muslim Burial: Ideals and Origins167
The Place of the Dead169
Tombs for the Living and the Dead176
Funerary Epigraphy: the Language of Death187
The Apple and the Olive195
The Archaeology of Paradise197
7The Community Environment201
Muslim Cities and Settlements202
Social Dimension of the Muslim Settlement207
A Total Approach: the Landscape218
The Contemporary and Future Situation224
8An Archaeology of Islam?227
References233
Index262

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