By Marcus Milwright

This advent to the archaeology of the Islamic global lines the background of the self-discipline from its earliest manifestations via to the current and evaluates the contribution made by means of archaeology to the certainty of key elements of Islamic tradition. the writer argues that it truly is crucial for the result of archaeological examine to be extra absolutely built-in into the broader ancient research of the Islamic global. His agency of the publication into huge topics permits a spotlight on concerns which are correct throughout various areas and classes, and the huge geographical scope displays the focus of archaeological paintings within the Islamic international to the current day. (1/1/11)

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First, these buildings represent a phase of patronage by an Islamic elite during a relatively short period of time, from the late seventh to the mid-eighth century. 28 Second, despite the wide range of climatic zones they occupy – the sub-tropical Jordan valley, the fertile plains of Jordan and northern Israel, and the arid eastern desert – the qusur are characterised by their non-urban setting and are largely confined to the area of Greater Syria (with some comparable structures in western Iraq: see chapter 8).

24 On the early study of these sites, see: Vitelli (1981), 5–6, 17–20; Canby (2000), 128–31; Johns (1998), 74 n. 41; Milwright (2001a), 20. 25 The works of these and other early European scholars of Islamic ceramics are collected in Tonghini and Grube (1989); Atasoy and Raby (1994), 71–4; Milwright (2001a). 26 On this early phase in the study of Islamic visual culture, see Bloom (1996). 27 Rogers (1974), 37–46; Hillenbrand (1986); Vernoit (1997), 1–2. On the Usul-i Mi’mari-i Osmani / L’architecture ottomane / Die Ottomanische Baukunst and the early study of Islamic architecture, see Bozdogan and Neçipoglu (2007), 3, n.

While it is reasonable to assert that the archaeology of Islamic regions has been dominated by European, Soviet/Russian, and North American scholars, it is important to recognise the numerous significant contributions made by indigenous scholars to the study of Islamic archaeology (particularly after 1945) in countries such as Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey. Introduction 21 Notes 1 Hamdani (1931), 199. Slightly adapted from the translation of Nabih Faris in Hamdani (1938), 107. 2 Ibn al-Kalbi (1969).

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