An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology (New Edinburgh by Marcus Milwright

By Marcus Milwright

This creation to the archaeology of the Islamic international strains the historical past of the self-discipline from its earliest manifestations via to the current and evaluates the contribution made through archaeology to the knowledge 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 examine of the Islamic international. His service provider of the publication into extensive topics permits a spotlight on concerns which are proper throughout assorted areas and sessions, and the huge geographical scope displays the main target of archaeological paintings within the Islamic global to the current day. (1/1/11)

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A comparison – albeit generated by very different political circumstances – could be made with the scarcity in the archaeological record of recognisably ‘Christian’ artefacts in the first two centuries of the Common Era. Of interest in the present context is the period known in modern scholarship as late antiquity and usually defined as lasting from the third/fourth to the seventh century. In the next section some comments are made concerning the broad characteristics of late antiquity in the archaeological record of the Middle East and North Africa, with particular emphasis upon urban life and patterns of international trade.

36 While the evidence is far from conclusive, the distribution of the qusur in Jordan and eastern Syria suggests an attempt to create an infrastructure to support the key routes running north from the Hijaz. Important figures in the patronage of the qusur include the caliphs Walid I and Hisham; the latter was particularly active in establishing architectural complexes between Damascus and the Euphrates. The Umayyad qusur include palatial dwellings – such as those of Mshatta, Rusafa, Qasr al-Hayr East and Qasr al-Hayr West – but they might be associated with larger enclosures (sing.

See also Silberman (1982). 29 For instance, Vivant Denon remarks of the water jars he had seen in use in Egypt, ‘de temps immémorial elle est d’un usage général dans toute l’Egypte pour clarifier et rafraîchir l’eau du Nil. ’ Denon (1802), 2: xxviii (text accompanying pl. 94, nos. 1–7, in vol. 2). For a later treatment of this idea, see Crowfoot (1932). 30 For instance Gatt (1885); Einsler (1914); Qasimi, Qasimi and al-Azem (1960). Other ethnographic studies are discussed in chapters 7 and 9. 31 Atasoy and Raby (1994), 71–4.

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