Notes on Contributors

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Notes on Contributors

Marinella Arena

(LLB Reggio Calabria 1991; PhD in Survey and Drawing of Architecture and environment, Reggio Calabria, 1998) is professor in the disciplinary sector, “Drawing”, at the University of Reggio Calabria. She is a member of the faculty of the International Doctorate in Architecture and Territory (Reggio Calabria). For many years, she has researched representations of spontaneous architecture in the Mediterranean Basin. Relating to the spontaneous architectures in the maghrib, she has published: Ksour della Regione di Tataouine (2007), Ksour di Jelidet (2012), and Tighremt Taliwin: a case study in the Draa Valley (2015).

Mounia Chekhab-Abudaya

has been curator for manuscripts, as well as for North Africa and Iberia collections at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Doha since 2012. She completed her PhD in Islamic Art History and Archaeology at the Pantheon Sorbonne University in Paris, with a specialization in the maghrib and Sahara regions. Chekhab-Abudaya taught “Islamic Art” at bachelor and master levels between 2007 and 2011 at the Pantheon Sorbonne and INALCO, then more recently at the IISMM/EHESS (2017).

Christian Darles

is an architect and archaeologist, honorary professor at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Toulouse-France, doctor of the Toulouse Jean-Jaurès University in the sciences of Antiquity; associate researcher at the CNRS UMR 5608 TRACES, the research laboratory in architecture of the ENSA of Toulouse, and the French Center of Archeology and Social Sciences of Sana’a (Yemen-Kuwait). Darles has been a member of the archaeological mission of Shabwa-Dura (Yemen) since 1976, then expert (from 1977 to 1983) with the Republic of South Yemen for the inscription of the city of Shibam on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Darles has been a collaborator of several international missions in Yemen (Italian and German), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Yamamat-al-Kharj), and Sultanate of Oman (Khawr Rôri) with the University of Pisa. Darles has also been a member of the Morocco-French mission in Sijilmâssa, Morocco; and responsible for numerous archaeological studies in France and partner, in charge of architectural studies, for missions in Morocco (Rirha), Tunisia (Zama), and Italy (Pietratonda). Finally, Darles is a corresponding member of the Academy of Architecture (Paris), as well as a knight of the National Order of Arts and Letters.

Axel Daussy

is surveyor at the Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives (INSAP), Montauban, France.

Elarbi Erbati

is Professor of Islamic archaeology at the Institut National des Sciences de l'Archéologie et du Patrimoine (INSAP), Rabat, Morocco.

François-Xavier Fauvelle

is an Africanist, archaeologist, and historian. He is Senior Researcher at the CNRS, affiliated with the University of Toulouse-France, and Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Science (GAES) at Wits University, South Africa. His research focuses on the history and archaeology of ancient and medieval Africa. He is author or editor of fifteen books, as well as author of about a hundred academic articles. His most recent book is Le rhinocéros d’or: Histoires du Moyen Âge africain (2013), which received the Grand Prix du Livre d’histoire (the principal French award for academic history books) during 2013. With Elarbi Erbati—Professor of Islamic archaeology, at the Institut national des sciences de l’archéologie et du patrimoine (INSAP), Rabat, Morocco—Fauvelle is co-director of the French-Moroccan excavation program at Sijilmâsa. Romain Mensan is the team’s geomorphologist, and Axel Daussy (Inrap, France) its topographer.

Elizabeth Golden

is assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. In addition, she is co-director of the Philippines Bamboo Workshop. She is also a co-founder of United4design, an architectural practice devoted to developing fine-tuned solutions for rapidly industrializing contexts. As project architect, she coordinated design and construction for the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School, the largest educational institution of its kind in Afghanistan. Her teaching concentrates on design, materials, and building technology, with an emphasis on sustainable systems. Her research focuses on the relationship between high performance and “low” technology, a reoccurring theme in her forthcoming book, Building from Tradition: Local Materials and Methods in Contemporary Architecture.

Moritz Kinzel

studied architecture and heritage conservation in Berlin-Germany, earning his PhD in building archaeology from the Technical University Berlin (2011). He has worked on various archaeological projects in the Middle East, e.g. in Yemen, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey, while remaining professionally active as an architect in Germany on such projects as rehabilitation planning of Pergamon Museum (Berlin) and architectural artefacts in the Museum of Islamic Art (2003–2006). As project manager of the Qatar Islamic Archaeology and Heritage Project (2009–2016), he was responsible for heritage conservation and building archaeology at Al Zubarah Archaeological Site. Within the framework of the World Heritage nomination for Al Zubarah, Kinzel edited a comprehensive conservation handbook for the site. Since 2011, he has been employed at University of Copenhagen’s Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies as a conservation architect. He also serves as co-director of the Shkārat Msaied Neolithic Project, focusing on one of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B key-sites in the Petra area in southern Jordan. He recently co-edited a book about heritage in Syria entitled Eyes on Syria (2016), and his current research deals with the building archaeology of the Neolithic architecture at Göbekli Tepe in Turkey.

Rolando Melo da Rosa

is an independent researcher based in Olhão, Algarve. An anthropologist by training, he has a graduate degree in “Islamic Portugal and the Mediterranean”. Fond of translating challenges and versed in actor-network theory and critical museologies, one of his main research interests is the relation between Islam and earthen vernacular architecture.

Romain Mensan

is an independent geoarchaeologist and a research fellow at the laboratory TRACES, Toulouse, France.

Atri Hatef Naiemi

is PhD Candidate in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Victoria, who received her first MA degree in Architectural Conservation from the University of Tehran (2010), and a second one in History in Art from the University of Victoria (2014). Her research focuses upon the art, architecture, and archaeology of the Islamic Middle East. In her PhD project, she is examining the hybrid quality of Iran’s capital cities (between 1256 and 1335, the Ilkhanid period), in the context of the expansion of intercultural exchanges following the Mongol conquests during the mid-thirteenth century.

Adrienn Papp

completed her studies at the Eötvös Loránd University. During 2004, she joined the Mediaeval Research Department at the Budapest History Museum, where she was recently appointed Director (2015). She is a specialist of the Ottoman architecture of Buda (1541–1686), who completed her Ph.D. on the “Turkish Baths of Buda” (2016). She was the chief archaeologist of many excavations in Budapest, Hungary, and also participated to the organization of exhibitions at the Museum, such as “Windy Garden”, “Matthias Corvinus, the King”, and “Gyulafehérvár”.

Bertrand Poissonnier

is a French archaeologist from the Inrap (Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives), and a research member of Pôle Afrique of Traces (UMR 5608 Cnrs, Toulouse 2 University). Professionally involved in preventive archaeology in France, he specializes in the Neolithic and Bronze Age. His expertise lies in megalithic engineering, including experiments in Europe and Ethiopia. He also takes part in African archaeology projects (Ethiopia, Sahara, Senegal, Mali, Nigeria) where he participated in the excavation of several sites.

Stéphane Pradines

is Professor and specializes in the Middle East and East Africa. Pradines completed his PhD in Islamic Archaeology from Sorbonne University, Paris IV during 2001. Prior to joining AKU-ISMC in 2012, Dr Pradines was in charge of Islamic Archaeology at the French Institute in Cairo (2001–2012). Pradines created the First Field School of Islamic Archaeology in Egypt; Pradines’ fieldwork includes excavations of Cairo’s Fatimid and Ayyubid walls; of Songo Mnara and Sanje ya Kati; Swahili medieval harbours at Tanzania, Gedi, and Kenya; and more recently, excavations at Dembeni (Mayotte, French Comoros). His publications include Fortifications et urbanisation en Afrique orientale (2004), and Gedi, une cité portuaire swahilie. Islam médiéval en Afrique orientale (2010). Pradines was in charge of two major research programmes: Warfare in Medieval Middle East and Muslim Cultures of the Indian Ocean. Pradines is book review editor and member of the editorial board for the Journal of Islamic Archaeology, Islamic Archaeological Studies Journal (Islamic Art Museum, Cairo), and the Journal of the Dominican Institute, MIDEO (Cairo).

Paola Raffa

(LLB Reggio Calabria 1992; PhD in Survey and Drawing of Architecture and Environment, Reggio Calabria, 2001) is assistant professor in the disciplinary sector of “Drawing” at the University of Reggio Calabria. Since 2008, Raffa has served as a member of the Scientific Committee of the International PhD Architecture and Urban Phenomenology (University of Basilicata), and member of the Faculty of the International Doctorate in Architecture and Territory (Reggio Calabria). He has written La Casa Maghrebina, modi convenzionali di rappresentazione (2001), Ksour della Regione di Tataouine (2007), Marabout, uomini luoghi architettura (2008), Ksour di Jelidet (2012), and Matmata (2015).

Paul D. Wordsworth

is Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, specialising in the architecture and archaeology of early Islamic Iran and Central Asia. His work examines the relationship between urban and rural populations on the north-eastern frontiers of the Abbasids and their successors. His forthcoming book, Moving in the Margins, presents the results of an archaeological survey project in the Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan, documenting traces of medieval trade routes across Eurasia (“The Silk Roads”). He is currently leading an archaeological exploration in the Republic of Azerbaijan. of the medieval Caucasian province of Arran’s chief city. He co-edited the volume, Landscapes of the Islamic World, bringing together varied approaches to extra-urban communities’ social and political role.

Earthen Architecture in Muslim Cultures

Historical and Anthropological Perspectives