Publication – « The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology », dir. Bethany Walker, Timothy Insoll et Corisande Fenwick

Born from the fields of Islamic art and architectural history, the archaeological study of the Islamic societies is a relatively young discipline. With its roots in the colonial periods of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its rapid development since the 1980s warrants a reevaluation of where the field stands today. This Handbook represents for the first time a survey of Islamic archaeology on a global scale, describing its disciplinary development and offering candid critiques of the state of the field today in the Central Islamic Lands, the Islamic West, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. The international contributors to the volume address such themes as the timing and process of Islamization, the problems of periodization and regionalism in material culture, cities and countryside, cultural hybridity, cultural and religious diversity, natural resource management, international trade in the later historical periods, and migration. Critical assessments of the ways in which archaeologists today engage with Islamic cultural heritage and local communities closes the volume, highlighting the ethical issues related to studying living cultures and religions. Richly illustrated, with extensive citations, it is the reference work on the debates that drive the field today.

Table des matières :

Section One – Editors’ Introduction (Walker, Insoll, and Fenwick)

Section Two – Central Islamic Lands
Section Introduction (Bethany J. Walker)
Chapter 1. Northern Syria (Marie-Odile Rousset)
Chapter 2. Southern Syria (Bethany J. Walker)
Chapter 3. Mesopotamia (Alastair Northedge)
Chapter 4. Egypt (Alison Gascoigne)
Chapter 5. Persia (Rocco Rante)
Chapter 6. Medieval Anatolia (Scott Redford)
Chapter 7. Ottoman Anatolia (Filiz Yeni?ehirlio?lu)
Chapter 8. Arabia and the Gulf (Andrew Petersen)
Chapter 9. Ottoman Europe (Ibolya Gerelyes, Vesna Bikic, Svitlana Bilyayeva, Niculina Dinu, and Athanasios Vionis)

Section Three – The Islamic West
Section Introduction (Corisande Fenwick)
Chapter 1. North Africa (Corisande Fenwick)
Chapter 2.Morocco and the Western Maghreb (Abdallah Fili)
Chapter 3. Saharan Africa (Sam Nixon)
Chapter 4. al-Andalus (Sonia Gutiérrez Lloret and Patrice Cressier)
Chapter 5. Sicily and the central Mediterranean (Alessandra Molinari)
Chapter 6. Northern Europe and Scandinavia (Marek Jankowiak)

Section Four – Sub-Saharan Africa
Section Introduction (Timothy Insoll)
Chapter 1. The Eastern African coast (Jeffrey Fleisher and Stephanie Wynne-Jones)
Chapter 2. The Nilotic Sudan (Intisar Soghayroun El Zein)
Chapter 3. Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (Timothy Insoll)
Chapter 4. West Africa (Timothy Insoll)
Chapter 5. The Central Sudan and Sahel (Carlos Magnavita and Abubakar Sani Sule)

Section Five – Asia
Section Introduction (Timothy Insoll)
Chapter 1. Central Asia (Pierre Siméon)
Chapter 2. South Asia (Mehrdad Shokoohy and Natalie H. Shokoohy)
Chapter 4. China (Jacqueline M. Armijo)
Chapter 5. Southeast Asia (Alexander Wain)

Section Six – Islamic Archaeology Today: Heritage Management and Community Development
Section Introduction: Moving Beyond the « Academy »: Islamic Archaeology and Heritage Management (Bert de Vries)
Chapter 1. Community Engagement in Site Presentation (Øystein S. LaBianca, Maria Elena Ronza, and Noël Harris)
Chapter 2. Heritage in Context (Nasser Rabbat)
Chapter 3. « Islamic » and « Western » Concepts of Heritage Compared (Trinidad Rico)
Chapter 4. War and Recovery (Stephennie Mulder)
Chapter 5. Islamic archaeologies and narratives about the Islamic heritage in three peninsulas (Jose Carvajal, Jelena Zivkovic, Al Kindi Al Jawabra, and Reem Lababidi)

Informations pratiques :

The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology, dir. Bethany Walker, Timothy Insoll et Corisande Fenwick, OXford, Oxford University Press, 2020. 776 Pages, 248x171mm. ISBN: 9780199987870. Prix : 125 £.

Soure : Oxford University Press

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