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The Fortress of the Raven

Karak in the Middle Islamic Period (1100-1650)

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Marcus Milwright

In c.1142 work started on the construction of a major castle in the southern Jordanian town of Karak. The largest of a network of fortifications, Karak castle became the administrative centre of an important Crusader lordship. After 1188 Karak and its territories were incorporated into the Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman sultanates. This book traces the history of Karak and the surrounding lands during the Middle Islamic period (c.1100-1650 CE). The book offers an innovative methodology, combining primary textual sources (in Latin and Arabic) with archaeological data (principally the ceramic record) as a means to reconstruct the fluctuating economic relations between Karak and other regions of the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean.
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Edited by Marcus Milwright and Mariam Rosser-Owen

This series is devoted to the most recent scholarship the fields of art, architecture and archaeology in all regions of the Islamic world from the seventh century to the present. We encourage interdisciplinary perspectives to the study of Islamic visual and material culture and the application of innovative approaches drawn from other areas of art history, archaeology, anthropology, and critical theory. Contributions to the series range from analyses of single objects to wider thematic studies. The series is committed to highlighting the diverse character of Islamic material and visual culture, and to establishing common preoccupations that exist in the production, commissioning, use and appreciation of art and architectural forms across the Islamic world. The archaeological dimension of the series takes in final excavation reports and publications in areas including environmental archaeology and archaeological science. The series also incorporates studies that can function as fundamental resources for future research and teaching of Islamic visual and material culture. These resource books include critical surveys of published scholarship in aspects of Islamic art, architectural history, and archaeology. Surveys may be defined by material or according to disciplinary, dynastic, and geographical criteria. Other resource books comprise: translations and/or editions of significant primary texts relevant to the interpretation of Islamic art and architecture; and anthologies of translated texts useful for the study of selected topics, periods, or regions of the Islamic world. The series also welcomes English translations of pioneering and important works that have already been published in another language. Proposals will be accepted for both monographs and edited volumes.

The series has published an average of 1,5 volumes per year since 2013.