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 elements of Islamic tradition. the writer argues that it's crucial for the result of archaeological examine to be extra totally built-in into the broader ancient learn of the Islamic global. His company of the publication into large subject matters permits a spotlight on concerns which are correct throughout assorted areas and sessions, and the vast geographical scope displays the focus of archaeological paintings within the Islamic global to the current day. (1/1/11)

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224–41). Early Islam and late antiquity 33 Impressive fortifications were also a feature of great Sasanian cities such as Veh Ardashir (‘New Seleucia’) and Ctesiphon, both on the east bank of the Tigris. Founded by Ardashir I and probably intended to replace the existing Hellenistic city of Seleucia, located on the west bank of the Tigris, the circular city of Veh Ardashir comprised a citadel, a prison, a fire temple and a rabbinical academy. Archaeological investigations inside the southern perimeter wall (some ten metres thick) revealed mud-brick courtyard houses separated by streets, as well as evidence for metalworking and glass-making.

15 Insoll (1999) and (2004); Insoll, ed. (2001). For different perspectives on this issue, see the introduction and contributions in Whitcomb, ed. (2004). 16 Insoll (1999), 9. 17 Rice (1958); Ward (2004). 18 The long accepted attribution of this vessel to Rukn al-Dawla Abu Sulayman Dawud (r. 1114–42) is not supported by the revised reading of the Arabic inscription in Redford (1990), 119–24. 19 Kafadar (2007). 20 For instance, on the difficulties of establishing confessional allegiance in rural areas of Norman Sicily, see Johns (1995b).

40 Treptow (2007), 13–18; Wilkinson (1973 and 1986); Allan (1982); Kröger (1995). 41. Riis, Poulsen and Hammershaimb (1957); Pentz (1997). 42 Schlumberger (1939); Hamilton (1949). 1: 48–58 (Kufa: citing the excavations conducted by Muhammad ‘Ali Mustafa), 132–8 (Wasit: citing the excavations of Fuad Safar); Safar (1945); Creswell and Allan (1989), 10–15, 40–1. Introduction 23 44 Johns (1935). For surveys of crusader archaeology, see Benvenisti (1970) and Boas (1999). On the early history of this field of archaeological study, see Ellenblum (2007), 32–9.

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