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Journal of Islamic Archaeology

Bethany J. Walker, University of Bonn

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José C. Carvajal López, University of Leicester

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José C. Carvajal López, University of Leicester

The Journal of Islamic Archaeology is the only journal today devoted to the field of Islamic archaeology on a global scale.  In the context of this journal, “Islamic archaeology” refers neither to a specific time period, nor to a particular geographical region, as Islam is global and the center of the “Islamic world” has shifted many times over the centuries. Likewise, it is not defined by a single methodology or theoretical construct (for example; it is not the “Islamic” equivalent of “Biblical archaeology”, with an emphasis on the study of places and peoples mentioned in religious texts). The term refers to the archaeological study of Islamic societies, polities, and communities, wherever they are found. It may be considered a type of “historical” archaeology, in which the study of historically (textually) known societies can be studied through a combination of “texts and tell”.

There has never been such interest among both scholars and the informed public alike in the archaeology of Islamic societies. The last few years in particular have witnessed marked growth in the number of conferences and workshops, publications, and university programs with Islamic archaeology as a focus. Islamic archaeology courses are being offered in conjunction with Middle East Studies and Islamic art history at universities throughout North America and Europe, and comprise a field of specialization in archaeology departments in the Middle East. There is, in short, a rapidly growing readership in the field, and no other specialized journal to service it.

The range of topics invited for the journal is wide, including not only field and ceramic reports, but also studies from other disciplines that are of direct relevance to Islamic archaeology, such as historical geography, art history, history, numismatics, ethnography, and environmental studies. The Editor welcomes suggestions for themed issues as well as submissions for regular issues. All articles are subject to double-blind peer review.  

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CiteScore 2018: 0.35
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The Journal is published simultaneously in print and online with two issues per year.

ISSN: 2051-9710 (print)
ISSN: 2051-9729 (online)



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Vol 6, No 2 (2019)

Table of Contents


The Form and Abandonment of the City of Kuik-Mardan, Otrar Oasis, Kazakhstan in the Early Islamic Period PDF
Giles Adam Dawkes , Willem Toonen , Mark Macklin , Gaygysyz Jorayev 137-152
From Arabia to Bilād al-Shām: Muʿāwiya’s Development of an Infrastructure and Monumental Architecture of Early Umayyad Statehood PDF
Beatrice St. Laurent 153-186
New Research Perspectives on the Mamluk Qāʾa at Kerak Castle: Building Archaeology and Historical Contextualization PDF
Lorenzo Fragai 187-208
A Preliminary Report on Polish–Lebanese Excavations at the St. George’s (Mar Girgis) Church in Rachkida (Northern Lebanon) PDF
Piotr Makowski 209-239

Book Reviews

Regional History and the Coin Finds from Assur From the Achaemenids to the Nineteenth Century, by S. Heidemann and K. Butcher. 2017 PDF
Warren C. Schultz 241-242
El Tolmo de Minateda en la Alta Edad Media. Cerámica y Contexto, by Victoria Amorós Ruiz. 2018 PDF
Elena Salinas 243-245
Essouk-Tadmekka: An Early Islamic Trans-Saharan Market Town, by Sam Nixon. 2017 PDF
Thomas Soubira 246-249
The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 2, edited by Aaron A. Burke, Katherine Strange Burke and Martin Peilstöcker. 2017 PDF
Lauren K. Erker 250-251
Sweet Waste: Medieval Sugar Production in the Mediterranean viewed from the 2002 Excavation at Tawahin es-Sukkar, Safi, Jordan, by Richard Jones. 2017 PDF
Bethany J. Walker 252-255

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