By Marcus Milwright

This creation to the archaeology of the Islamic international lines the historical past of the self-discipline from its earliest manifestations via to the current and evaluates the contribution made through archaeology to the certainty of key points of Islamic tradition. the writer argues that it truly is crucial for the result of archaeological learn to be extra totally built-in into the broader old learn of the Islamic international. His enterprise of the publication into large topics permits a spotlight on concerns which are correct throughout diverse areas and sessions, and the large geographical scope displays the focus of archaeological paintings within the Islamic global to the current day. (1/1/11)

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27 The Spartan look of the buildings at Jabal Says may not be a wholly accurate guide as to their appearance in the eighth century (and this impression is also left by the decorative metalwork excavated at the site); but there is no doubt about the contrast, either in the ambition of the architecture or in the capacity of the surrounding land to support intensive cultivation. Khirbat al-Mafjar and Jabal Says were clearly not designed to perform the same range of functions, and we may also expect the other qusur to exhibit considerable variability in point of location, construction, and ornamentation.

15 Insoll (1999) and (2004); Insoll, ed. (2001). For different perspectives on this issue, see the introduction and contributions in Whitcomb, ed. (2004). 16 Insoll (1999), 9. 17 Rice (1958); Ward (2004). 18 The long accepted attribution of this vessel to Rukn al-Dawla Abu Sulayman Dawud (r. 1114–42) is not supported by the revised reading of the Arabic inscription in Redford (1990), 119–24. 19 Kafadar (2007). 20 For instance, on the difficulties of establishing confessional allegiance in rural areas of Norman Sicily, see Johns (1995b).

Poleis) of the Hellenistic and Roman periods was characterised by its civic institutions, its large public spaces (fora), and its colonnaded streets. Monumental buildings included temples, theatres, meeting halls, and public baths. Typically, the major thoroughfares were arranged perpendicular to one another, with the crossing of the cardo (north–south) and the decumanus (east–west) marked by a monumental structure known as a tetrapylon. The paved streets were usually wide enough to accommodate wheeled transport, and they incorporated shops facing onto porticoed walkways.

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