This introduction to the archaeology of the Islamic world traces the history of the discipline from its earliest manifestations through to the present and evaluates the contribution made by archaeology to the understanding of key aspects of Islamic culture. The author argues that it is essential for the results of archaeological research to be more fully integrated into the wider historical study of the Islamic world. His organisation of the book into broad themes allows a focus on issues that are relevant across different regions and periods, and the broad geographical scope reflects the main focus of archaeological work in the Islamic world to the present day.
Includes short case studies to allow the reader to examine the ways in which archaeologists collect and interpret material in specific contexts
Considers archaeological work conducted in the area stretching from Afghanistan and the Central Asian republics in the east to Spain in the west
Draws comparisons with Islamic regions of sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent
Includes a Glossary of archaeological terminology and Arabic, Persian and Turkish terms