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An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

Marcus Milwright

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Traces archaeology’s contribution to Islamic culture from its earliest manifestations to the present

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Notes on transliteration and dating
List of abbreviations
List of figures
1 Introduction
2 Early Islam and late antiquity
3 New directions in the early Islamic period
4 The countryside
5 Towns, cities and palaces
6 Religious practice in the Islamic world
7 Crafts and industry
8 Travel and trade
9 The 'post-medieval' Islamic world
10 Conclusion
Dynasties and periods

About the Author

Marcus Milwright is Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada. He is the author of The Fortress of the Raven: Karak in the Middle Islamic Period (2008), An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology (EUP, 2010) and The Dome of the Rock and it Umayyad Mosaic Inscriptions (EUP, 2016).


Milwright's introduction is a sound, balanced and scrupulously fair review of the field that will be immensely useful to lecturers and students of Islamic
archaeology. It is carefully written to be accessible to a general audience, and the material discussed is generally well chosen to illustrate the full range and current state of Islamic archaeology.
- Jeremy Johns, University of Oxford, Antiquity

Named an Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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The book is clearly and concisely written, and it provides a good introduction to Islamic Archaeology ... Milwright’s book is a real contribution to the emerging field of Islamic archaeology, and will be a useful resource for scholars and graduate students.

- Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Journal of the American Oriental Society

‘I have no hesitation in recommending this book to scholars and students at all levels, but particularly to those wishing for an affordable, concise and accessibly survey of Islamic archaeology and its development over time and space.’

- Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln, Al-Masaq: The Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean

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