Muslim Military Architecture in Greater Syria: From the Coming of Islam to the Ottoman Period

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Crusader castles have been the subject of academic study for well over a century but the castles constructed by Muslim powers in greater Syria have been comparatively neglected. This series of studies looks at key developments and monuments in the history of Muslim military architecture in Syria from its beginnings under the Umayyads (661-750) down to Ottoman times. These studies range from ground-breaking archaeological studies to wide-ranging analysis of broader trends. The work is fully illustrated with ...

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Overview

Crusader castles have been the subject of academic study for well over a century but the castles constructed by Muslim powers in greater Syria have been comparatively neglected. This series of studies looks at key developments and monuments in the history of Muslim military architecture in Syria from its beginnings under the Umayyads (661-750) down to Ottoman times. These studies range from ground-breaking archaeological studies to wide-ranging analysis of broader trends. The work is fully illustrated with photographs and plans, most of them never published before.

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  • ISBN-13: 9789004147133
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/29/2005
  • Series: History of Warfare Series , #35
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Hugh Kennedy, is Professor of Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of many books including The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphs (1986, 2004) and The Courts of the Caliphs (2004).

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Table of Contents

1 Umayyad castles : the shift from late antique military architecture to early Islamic palatial building 3
2 Qasr Hallabat (Jordan) revisited : reassessment of the material evidence 26
3 Recent excavations in early Abbasid Kharab Sayyar 45
4 The excavations at Madinat al-Far/Hisn Maslama on the Balikh Road 54
5 The walls of early Islamic Ayla : defence or symbol? 61
6 The "Kastron" of Qal'at Sim'an 75
7 The militarization of taste in medieval Bilad al-Sham 84
8 The development of Islamic military architecture during the Ayyubid and Mamluk reconquests of Frankish Syria 106
9 The Citadel of al-Raqqa and fortifications in the middle Euphrates area 122
10 La Citadelle de Damas : les apports d'une etude archeologique 151
11 The Citadel of Aleppo : recent studies 165
12 Defending Ayyubid Aleppo : the fortifications of al-Zahir Ghazi (1186-1216) 176
13 The Citadel of Harim 184
14 The castle of Shayzar; the fortification of the access system 201
15 The tower of Aybak in 'Ajlun Castle : an example of the spread of an architectural concept in early 13th century Ayyubid fortification 225
16 Exploratory mission to Shumaymis 243
17 Medieval cave fortifications of the upper Orontes Valley (a preliminary report) 251
18 Qal al-Rum/Hromgla/Rumkale and the Mamluk Siege of 691AH/1292 CE 269
19 Fortifications east and west 281
20 Defensive ditches in Ottoman fortifications in Bilad al-Sham 295
21 Ottoman Hajj Forts 307
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