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Ayşin Yoltar-Yildirim

purpose, duration, methods, and finds of this excavation—particularly in light of original Russian publications and documentation related to it—in order to understand its significance for Islamic archaeology. 
 The other notable early excavation of an Islamic site is Qalʾat Bani Hammad, in Algeria, in

Pierre Guichard

Les Fatimides et la Méditerranée centrale ( x e - xii e siècle ), dossier dans la Revue des Mondes Musulmans et de la Méditerranée , 139/1 (2016), 278 p., isbn : 979-10-320-0065-6, 27 € broché. numéro spécial du Journal of Islamic Archaeology , 2/2 (2015). On rendra compte conjointement

Shayzar I

The Fortification of a Citadel


Cristina Tonghini

This book presents the results obtained from the historical and archaeological investigations carried out in the framework of a project centred on the site of Shayzar, in Central Syria: Shayzar Project: study of the fortified settlement in Bilad al-Sham. On the basis of a detailed analysis of the archaeological evidence, and of the study of the written documentation available, the book examines the origins and the development of this fortification, especially in relation to the most crucial period as regard as the building of the citadel, i.e., the span of time that stretches from the 10th to the 13th centuries; it also discusses the development of building techniques in the context of military architecture.
Contributors are Nadia Montevecchi, Fabrizio Antonelli, Jean-Claude Bessac, Roberta Giunta, Hugh Kennedy, Lorenzo Lazzarini, Serena Martucci di Scarfizzi, Cinzia Tavernari and Niccolo' Zorzi. Illustrations: Enrico Reali; Photos Luca Tarducci.

Umayyad Legacies

Medieval Memories from Syria to Spain


Edited by Antoine Borrut and Paul M. Cobb

The Umayyads, the first dynasty of Islam, ruled over a vast empire from their central province of Syria, providing a line of caliphs from 661 to 750. Another branch later ruled in al-Andalus – Islamic Spain – from 756 to 1031, ruling first as emirs and then as caliphs themselves. This book is the first to bring together studies of this far-flung family and treat it not as two unrelated caliphates but as a single enterprise. Yet for all that historians have made note of Umayyad accomplishments in the Near East and al-Andalus, Umayyad legacies – what later generations made of these caliphs and their achievements – are poorly understood. Building on new interest in the study of memory and Islamic historiography and including interdisciplinary perspectives from Arabic literature, art, and archaeology, this book highlights Umayyad achievements and the shaping of our knowledge of the Umayyad past.

The Lineaments of Islam

Studies in Honor of Fred McGraw Donner


Edited by Paul Cobb

In honor of Fred M. Donner's long and distinguished career as one of the foremost interpreters of early Islam, this volume collects more than a dozen original studies by his students. They range over a wide array of sub-fields in Islamic history and Islamic studies, including early history, historiography, Islamic law, religious studies, Qur'anic studies and Islamic archaeology. The book also includes a bibliography of Donner's works and a biographical sketch of sorts. Taken together, these essays are a clear testament to Donner's wide-ranging and continuing impact on the field.

Contributors include: Sean W. Anthony, Jonathan A. C. Brown, David Cook, Vaness De Gifis, Asa Eger, Tracy Hoffman, Marion H. Katz, Kathryn M. Kueny, Shari Lowin, Jens Scheiner, Robert Schick, Stuart Sears, Elizabeth Urban, Tasha Vorderstrasse, Brannon Wheeler, and Hayrettin Yücesoy.


Edited by Michèle Daviau

Much of the archaeology of Late Antique period remains in Jordan has concentrated on public buildings: churches, mosques, theatres, baths, and their major architectural features, such as mosaic floors. In this fourth report of the excavations at Tall Jawa in central Jordan, a single house with a rich repertoire of pottery, mould-made lamps, glass, and a small coin hoard, appears to span the transition period from the Late Byzantine to the Early Islamic period. Details of the construction of the building itself and of its mosaic pavements, the technology of its ceramic corpus, analysis of its inscribed lamps, painted plaster, objects and a small coin hoard all contribute to an understanding of village life for people during a period of linguistic, religious, and political transition.

"The publication of Excavations at Tall Jawa, Jordan, Volume 4: The Early Islamic House is an important contribution that adds not only to the growing body of evidence for central Transjordan, but also to our understanding of non-urban Islamic archaeology and the seventh- to eighth-century transition."
- Asa Eger, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Silvia Armando

Zancani Montuoro.
 44 As regards Islamic archaeology, Zanotti Bianco carried on some archeological excavations in the vicinity of Lucera.
 45 Cf. Maurizio Paoletti, “Umberto Zanotti-Bianco e la Società Magna Grecia,” Bollettino della Domus Mazziniana 38 (1992): 5–30; Maurizio Paoletti, “ Paolo Orsi