An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

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Overview

This introduction to the archaeology of the Islamic world traces the history of the discipline from its earliest manifestations through to the present and evaluates the contribution made by archaeology to the understanding of key aspects of Islamic culture. The author argues that it is essential for the results of archaeological research to be more fully integrated into the wider historical study of the Islamic world. His organisation of the book into broad themes allows a focus on issues that are relevant across different regions and periods, and the broad geographical scope reflects the main focus of archaeological work in the Islamic world to the present day.

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An outstanding introduction that can be read with profit by general readers as well as professionals.... Highly Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748623112
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2010
  • Series: New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,199,211
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Milwright is an assistant professor in Islamic and Byzantine Art at the University of Victoria in Canada.

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Table of Contents

List of figures vi

Acknowledgements ix

Notes on transliteration and dating xi

List of abbreviations xii

1 Introduction 1

2 Early Islam and late antiquity 24

3 New directions in the early Islamic period 44

4 The countryside 59

5 Towns, cities and palaces 75

6 Religious practice in the Islamic world 124

7 Crafts and industry 143

8 Travel and trade 159

9 The 'post-medieval' Islamic world 174

10 Conclusion 192

Glossary 223

Dynasties and periods 227

Bibliography 229

Index 256

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