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The Fortress of the Raven

Karak in the Middle Islamic Period (1100-1650)


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.

Revisiting al-Andalus

Perspectives on the Material Culture of Islamic Iberia and Beyond


Edited by Glaire Anderson and Mariam Rosser-Owen

Revisiting al-Andalus brings together a range of recent scholarship on the material culture of Islamic Iberia, highlighting especially the new directions that have developed in the Anglo-American branch of this field since the 1992 catalogue of the influential exhibition, Al-Andalus: the Art of Islamic Spain. Together with examples of recent Spanish scholarship on medieval architecture and urbanism, the volume’s contributors (historians of art and architecture, archaeologists, and architects) explore topics such as the relationship between Andalusi literature and art; architecture, urbanism, and court culture; domestic architecture; archaeology as a tool for analyzing economic and architectural history; cultural transfer between the Iberian Peninsula and the New World; 19th-century “rediscovery” of al-Andalus; and modern architectural and historiographical attempts to construct an Andalusi cultural identity.
Contributors include: Antonio Almagro, Glaire D. Anderson, Rebecca Bridgman, María Judith Feliciano, Kathryn Ferry, Pedro Jiménez, Julio Navarro, Camila Mileto, Antonio Orihuela, Jennifer Roberson, Cynthia Robinson, Mariam Rosser-Owen, Antonio Vallejo Triano, and Fernando Vegas.

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.

From Ceramics to History

Pottery Contribution to the History of Ghazni

Agnese Fusaro

present knowledge of the ceramic productions in Iran and Central Asia during the Islamic period. Three elements are nevertheless standing in the way of our purpose: incomplete archaeological documentation, the impossibility of a direct examination of the whole of the ceramic materials, and the lack of

Jeremy Johns

ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE HISTORY OF EARLY ISLAM: THE FIRST SEVENTY YEARS BY JEREMY JOHNS* Abstract The rarity of material evidence for the religion of Islam during the Ž rst seventy years of the hijra (622-92 CE) has been used to attack the traditional positivist account of the rise of Islam

Edited by Ann Gunter and Stefan Hauser

Studies in the history and archaeology of the ancient and Islamic Near East greatly expanded and matured during the first half of the 20th century. Ernst Herzfeld (1879–1948), a pioneer in the archaeology, art history, and Persian language studies, significantly shaped this development. He excavated such key sites as Samarra, Paikuli, and Persepolis, and helped to define prehistoric and Islamic art. He became the world's first professor for Near Eastern archaeology in Berlin, adviser to Persia's government, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
Scholars from a variety of disciplines reassess Herzfeld's wide-ranging contributions and situate them in their intellectual, academic and political frameworks. The book provides new insights into the historiography of archaeological and historical interpretations of the Near East, especially Iran, the German academic-political milieu of the first half of the 20th century, and the controversial figure of Ernst Herzfeld.

The Dragon in Medieval East Christian and Islamic Art

With a Foreword by Robert Hillenbrand


Sara Kuehn

This book is a pioneering work on a key iconographic motif, that of the dragon. It examines the perception of this complex, multifaceted motif within the overall intellectual and visual universe of the medieval Irano-Turkish world. Using a broadly comparative approach, the author explores the ever-shifting semantics of the dragon motif as it emerges in neighbouring Muslim and non-Muslim cultures. The book will be of particular interest to those concerned with the relationship between the pre-Islamic, Islamic and Eastern Christian (especially Armenian) world.
The study is fully illustrated, with 209 (b/w and full colour) plates, many of previously unpublished material. Illustrations include photographs of architectural structures visited by the author, as well as a vast collection of artefacts, all of which are described and discussed in detail with inscription readings, historical data and textual sources.

The Caucasian Archaeology of the Holy Land

Armenian, Georgian and Albanian communities between the fourth and eleventh centuries CE


Yana Tchekhanovets

The Caucasian Archaeology of the Holy Land investigates the complete corpus of available literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence of the Armenian, Georgian and Caucasian Albanian Christian communities’ activity in the Holy Land during the Byzantine and the Early Islamic periods. This book presents the first integrated approach to a wide variety of literary sources and archaeological evidence, previously unpublished or revised. The study explores the place of each of these Caucasian communities in ancient Palestine through a synthesis of literary and material evidence and seeks to understand the interrelations between them and the influence they had on the national churches of the Caucasus.


Edited by Oleg Grabar

Oleg Grabar, On Catalogues, Exhibitions, and Complete Works ;
Jonathan M. Bloom, The Mosque of the Qarafa in Cairo ;
Leonor Fernandes, The Foundation of Baybars al-Jashankir: Its Waqf, History, and Architecture ;
Howard Crane, Some Archaeological Notes on Turkish Sardis ;
Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, Siyah Qalem and Gong Kai: An Istanbul Album Painter and a Chinese Painter of the Mongolian Period ;
Do˘gan Kuban, The Style of Sinan's Domed Structures ;
Yasser Tabbaa, Bronze Shapes in Iranian Ceramics of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries ;
Mehrdad Shokoohy and Natalie H. Shokoohy, The Architecture of Baha al-Din Tughrul in the Region of Bayana, Rajasthan ;
Glenn D. Lowry, Humayun's Tomb: Form, Function, and Meaning in Early Mughal Architecture ;
Peter Alford Andrews, The Generous Heart or the Mass of Clouds: The Court Tents of Shah Jahan ;
Priscilla P. Soucek, Persian Artists in Mughal India: Influences and Transformations ;
A.J. Lee, Islamic Star Patterns ;


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