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  1. Basic Texts 9 items
    1. Islamic art and architecture - Robert Hillenbrand 1999

      Book 

    2. The archaeology of Islam - Timothy Insoll 1999

      Book 

    3. Islamic art in context: art, architecture, and the literary world - Robert Irwin 1997

      Book  Chapter 5-Palace Life

    4. An introduction to Islamic archaeology - Marcus Milwright c2010

      Book  E Book - Overview of archaeology of the Islamic World

    5. Islamic art and visual culture: an anthology of sources 2011

      Book 

    6. Early Islamic Syria: an archaeological assessment - Alan Walmsley 2007

      Book  E Book

    7. The art and architecture of Islam 650-1250 - Richard Ettinghausen, Oleg Grabar, Marilyn Jenkins 2001

      Book  An excellent, beautifully illustrated book with detailed information about Islamic buildings and objects

  2. Some easy-to-read introductions to Islam and the Islamic World 6 items
    1. The great caliphs: the golden age of the 'Abbasid Empire - Amira K. Bennison 2009

      Book 

    2. The Koran: a very short introduction - Michael Cook 2000

      Book 

    3. Muhammad and the believers: at the origins of Islam - Fred McGraw Donner 2012

      Book  An important account of how islam first evolved

    4. The caliphate: a Pelican introduction - Hugh Kennedy 2016

      Book 

    5. The great Arab conquests: how the spread of Islam changed the world we live in - Hugh Kennedy 2007

      Book  introductory - a good narrative account of the conquests

    6. Islamic history: a very short introduction - Adam J. Silverstein 2010

      Book 

  3. Reference Works 3 items
    1. The Encyclopaedia of Islam - H. A. R. Gibb, P. J. Bearman 1960-2009

      Book  E Book

    2. An historical atlas of Islam - Hugh Kennedy 2002

      Book  E Book

    3. Dictionary of Islamic architecture - Andrew Petersen 1996

      Book 

  4. Session 1: Introduction 15 items
    1. Essential 2 items
      1. Introduction - T Insoll

        Chapter 

      2. Introduction - M Milwright

        Chapter  E Book

    2. Recommended 6 items
      1. What is Islam?: the importance of being Islamic - Shahab Ahmed 2016

        Book 

      2. The world of Islam: faith, people, culture - Bernard Lewis 1976

        Book 

      3. The anthropology of Islam - Gabriele Marranci 2008

        Book  E Book

      4. Archaeology and text - John Moreland 2001

        Book 

      5. Focus On Islam I - Andrew Petersen 03/2005

        Article 

    3. Some easy-to-read introductions to Islam and the Islamic World 7 items
      1. The great caliphs: the golden age of the 'Abbasid Empire - Amira K. Bennison 2009

        Book 

      2. The Koran: a very short introduction - Michael Cook 2000

        Book 

      3. Muhammad and the believers: at the origins of Islam - Fred McGraw Donner 2012

        Book  An important account of how islam first evolved

      4. The caliphate: a Pelican introduction - Hugh Kennedy 2016

        Book 

      5. Islam: a very short introduction - Malise Ruthven 1997

        Book 

      6. Islamic history: a very short introduction - Adam J. Silverstein 2010

        Book 

  5. Session 2: Studying Islam in the West: Orientalism, Colonialism and Disciplinary Baggage 64 items
    1. Essential Reading 6 items
      1. Islamic Archaeology and the origin of the Spanish nation - M Andreu-Diaz

        Chapter  E Book

      2. Nationalism and archaeology in Europe - T. C. Champion, Margarita Díaz-Andreu García 1996

        Book  Pg 68-89

      3. Orientalism - Edward W. Said 1978

        Book  Chapter 1

    2. You may also find it useful to look at these on the BM & VA collection 2 items
      1. The making of the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art: at the Victoria and Albert Museum - Rosemary Crill, Tim Stanley, Victoria and Albert Museum c2006

        Book 

    3. Historiography of Islamic archaeology (very limited!) 15 items
      1. Scramble for the past: a story of archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 - Zainab Bahrani, Zeynep Çelik, Edhem Eldem, SALT (Organization) c2011

        Book 

      2. About antiquities: politics of archaeology in the Ottoman Empire - Zeynep Çelik 2016

        Book  Pg 175-178

      3. Negotiating for the past: archaeology, nationalism, and diplomacy in the Middle East, 1919-1941 - James F. Goode 2007

        Book  E Book

      4. Islamic Art and Archaeology - O Graber

        Chapter 

      5. Archaeology and Islam - A Northedge

        Chapter 

    4. Historiography of Islamic Art & Architecture 8 items
      1. Architecture in Islamic arts: treasures of the Aga Khan Museum - Margaret S. Graves, Benoît Junod, Gérard Friedli, Aga Khan Trust for Culture 2011

        Book  Chapter - What is Islamic Architecture?

      2. Orientalism - Edward W. Said 1978

        Book  Introduction

    5. Collecting and displaying Islam 12 items
      1. The representation of Islam in British museums - Ian Heath 2007

        Book 

    6. Early Excavation Reports 14 items
      1. Die vorgeschichtlichen Töpfereien von Samarra: mit 240 Textbildern und 47 Tafeln, darunter 6 in Farbendruck - Ernst Herzfeld, M. E. L. Mallowan 1930

        Book  Ausgrabungen von Samarra volume 6

      2. Die Keramik von Samarra / Friedrich Sarre / unter Mitwirkung von Ernst Herzfeld, mit Beiträgen vom Materialprüfungsamt der Technischen Hochschule, Berlin, und von Dr. Hans Arnold - Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre, 1865-1945 Ernst Herzfeld, 1879-1948; Hans Arnold, 1850-1927; Technische Hochschule Berlin.

        Webpage  Ausgrabungen von Samarra volume 2

      3. Arte del Califato de Cordoba: Medina Azzahra y Alamiriya, texto, planos, y dibujos del mismo - Ricardo Velázquez Bosco 1912

        Book Essential OPEN ACCESS E-BOOK THROUGH THE INTERNET ARCHIVE.

      4. Manuel d'art musulman - Henri Saladin, Gaston Migeon 1907

        Book 

      5. Das Glas von Samarra - Carl Johan Lamm 1928

        Book  Ausgrabungen von Samarra volume 4.

      6. Geschichte der Stadt Samarra - Ernst Herzfeld 1948

        Book  Ausgrabungen von Samarra volume 5

      7. Fouilles d'al Foustât : publiées les auspices du Comité de conservation des monuments de l'art arabe - Aly Bahgat bey, Albert Gabriel 1921

        Book  NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH UCL LIBRARY SERVICES OR SOAS. COPY AVAILABLE AT THE V&A MUSEUM LIBRARY. COLLECTIONS DETAILS AVAILABLE THROUGH LINK.

      8. Nishapur: some early Islamic buildings and their decoration - Charles Kyrle Wilkinson, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) 1987], ©1986

        Book 

    7. Orientalism 7 items
      1. Dangerous knowledge: orientalism and its discontents - Robert Irwin 2008, ©2006

        Book 

      2. For lust of knowing: the Orientalists and their enemies - Robert Irwin 2006

        Book 

      3. Orientalism: history, theory and the arts - John M. MacKenzie c1995

        Book 

      4. Ottoman Orientalism - Ussama Makdisi 06/2002

        Article 

      5. The legacy of Islam - Joseph Schacht, Clifford Edmund Bosworth 1979

        Book  Chapter: The Western Image and Western Studies of Islam

      6. Reading orientalism: said and the unsaid : with a new preface by the author - Daniel Martin Varisco 2017

        Book 

  6. Session 3: The Arab Conquest and the new world order 31 items
    1. Read: 4 items
      1. Visions of the Early Islamic Expansion: Between the Heroic and the Horrific - F Donner

        Chapter 

      2. The First Islamic Empire - C Robinson

        Chapter 

    2. Podcasts 2 items
    3. Further reading: the late antique world 5 items
      1. The Mediterranean world in late antiquity, 395-700 AD - Averil Cameron, Averil Cameron 2012

        Book 

      2. The Rise of Islam, 600-705 - C.F. Robinson

        Chapter 

    4. Further reading: Arabia and the Arabs 8 items
      1. Roman Arabia - G. W. Bowersock 1983

        Book 

      2. Between empires: Arabs, Romans, and Sasanians in late antiquity - Greg Fisher 2011

        Book  E Book

      3. Arabs and empires before Islam 2015

        Book  E Book- especially the chapter by Genequand

      4. Arabia and the Arabs: from the Bronze Age to the coming of Islam - Robert G. Hoyland 2001

        Book  E Book

      5. Pre-Islamic Arabia - M Lecker

        Chapter 

    5. Further reading: the written sources 11 items
      1. Islamic art and visual culture: an anthology of sources 2011

        Book  Useful excerpts of Islamic texts on material culture

      2. Islamic history: a framework for inquiry - R. Stephen Humphreys 1991

        Book 

      3. Arabic Papyri and Islamic Egypt - P.M Sijpesteijn

        Chapter 

      4. Archaeology and text - John Moreland 2001

        Book 

      5. Ceramics from Islamic lands - Oliver Watson 2004

        Book 

    6. Further reading: the impact of the Arab conquests 1 item
      1. The Abbasid Caliphate - R Hodges

        Chapter 

  7. Session 4: Islam and the archaeology of religion 50 items
    1. Essential 3 items
      1. Islam: the view from the edge - Richard W. Bulliet 1994

        Book  Pg 37-66

      2. The archaeology of Islam - Timothy Insoll 1999

        Book 

    2. Recommended 2 items
      1. Islam: a very short introduction - Malise Ruthven 1997

        Book 

    3. Podcasts 2 items
    4. Pick one of the following case studies to discuss in class 6 items
      1. Islam, Archaeology and Swahili Identity - M.C. Horton

        Chapter  Chapter 4 - Islam, Archaeology and Swahili Identity

    5. Further reading-Archaeology of Islam 17 items
      1. The Koran: a very short introduction - Michael Cook 2000

        Book 

      2. The shape of the holy: early Islamic Jerusalem - Oleg Grabar, Abeer Audeh, Said Nuseibeh, Mohammad Al-Asad c1996

        Book 

      3. The medieval and Ottoman Hajj route in Jordan: an archaeological and historical study - Andrew Petersen, Council for British Research in the Levant 2012

        Book 

      4. Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam - Venetia Porter, British Museum c2012

        Book 

      5. Islamisation de l'Asie Centrale: processus locaux d'acculturation du VIIe au XIe siècle - Étienne de La Vaissière, Association pour l'avancement des études iraniennes (Paris, France) 2008

        Book 

    6. Anthroplogy of Islam 8 items
      1. Saints of the Atlas - Ernest Gellner 1969

        Book 

      2. the Rooting of Islam in Bengal - R Eaton

        Chapter  E Book

      3. Beyond the Stereotype: Challenges in Understanding Muslim Identities - G Marranci

        Chapter  E Book

    7. Further Reading - Muslim, Christian (and Jewish) interaction 12 items
      1. Les mozarabes: christianisme, islamisation et arabisation en péninsule ibérique (IXe-XIIe siècle) - Cyrille Aillet, Gabriel Martinez-Gros 2010

        Book 

      2. Christians and others in the Umayyad state - Touraj Daryaee, Muriel Debié, Sidney Harrison Griffith, Wadād Qāḍī 2016

        Book 

      3. Cultural interchange during the umayyad era in bilad al-sham - Peeters Publishers 1994

        Book 

  8. Session 5: Islamic states and empires 57 items
    1. Essential Reading 4 items
    2. Podcasts 2 items
    3. Pick a case-study on the material culture of Muslim rulership/statehood 8 items
      1. Why did 'Abd al-Malik build the Dome of the Rock? - A Elad

        Chapter 

    4. Key accounts of empire and rulership 7 items
      1. The expansion of the early Islamic state - Fred McGraw Donner c2008

        Book 

      2. Islamic art in context: art, architecture, and the literary world - Robert Irwin 1997

        Book  Chapter 5- Palace Life

    5. Further Reading - The Umayyads 13 items
      1. The early Islamic conquests - Fred McGraw Donner c1981

        Book  E Book

      2. The shape of the holy: early Islamic Jerusalem - Oleg Grabar, Abeer Audeh, Said Nuseibeh, Mohammad Al-Asad c1996

        Book 

      3. Empire and elites after the Muslim conquest: the transformation of northern Mesopotamia - Chase F. Robinson 2000

        Book 

      4. A Christian City with a Major Muslim Shrine: Jerusalem in the Umayyad Period

        Chapter  E Book- Chapter 15 - A Christian City with a Major Muslim Shrine: Jersusalem in the Umayyad Period

      5. Urbanism in Arabia - DONALD WHITCOMB 05/1996

        Article 

    6. Further Reading - the Abbasids 12 items
      1. The 'Abbasids' - R Hillenbrand

        Chapter 

      2. The early Abbasid Caliphate: a political history - Hugh Kennedy c1981

        Book 

      3. the Building of Madinat as-Salam - J Lassner

        Chapter 

      4. The Dar al-Khalifa - J Lassner

        Chapter 

      5. The historical topography of Samarra - Alastair Northedge, Fondation Max van Berchem, British School of Archaeology in Iraq 2005

        Book 

    7. Further Reading - Frontiers 11 items
      1. Romans and Saracens: a history of the Arabian frontier - S. Thomas Parker, American Schools of Oriental Research 1986

        Book 

  9. Session 6: The Islamic City 36 items
    1. Essential 5 items
      1. Anjar and Early Islamic Urbanism - R Hillenbrand

        Chapter 

    2. Pick a case-study from the following 9 items
      1. The Water Supply of Tinnis: Public amenities and private investments - A.L. Gascoigne

        Chapter  E Book

      2. How to found an Islamic city - H Kennedy

        Chapter 

      3. Madinat al-Zahra: Transformation of a Caliphal City - A Vallejo Triano

        Chapter  E Book

      4. An Urban Structure for the Early Islamic City - D Whitcomb

        Chapter  E Book

    3. Further Reading - cities 15 items
      1. The idea and ideal of the town between late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages - Gian Pietro Brogiolo, J. B. Ward-Perkins c1999

        Book 

      2. Cities in the pre-modern Islamic world: the urban impact of religion, state and society 2007

        Book  E Book

      3. The archaeology of Islam - Timothy Insoll 1999

        Book 

      4. Advances in Research on Islamic Cordoba - Alberto León, Juan Fco. Murillo 2014-8-18

        Article 

      5. Medieval urban landscape in northeastern Mesopotamia - Karel Nováček, Miroslav Melčák, Lenka Starková, Narmin Ali Muhammad Amin 2016

        Book 

      6. The city in the Islamic world - Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Renata Holod, Attilio Petruccioli, André Raymond 2008

        Book 

      7. Madinat al-Zahra - D.F. Ruggles

        Chapter 

    4. Further reading - Urban Space 7 items
      1. Cairo: histories of a city - Nezar AlSayyad, ebrary, Inc 2011 (electronic resource)

        Book  E Book

      2. The city in the Islamic world - Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Renata Holod, Attilio Petruccioli, André Raymond 2008

        Book  Especially: The Spatial Organization of the City (Andre Raymond); Inherited Cities (Hugh Kennedy); Founded Cities ofhte Arab World from the Seventh to the Eleventh Centuries (Sylvie Denoix)

  10. Session 7: Daily Life 22 items
    1. Essential Reading 4 items
      1. The archaeology of Islam - Timothy Insoll 1999

        Book  Especially 60-92

    2. Pick a case-study: 6 items
      1. Diet, society, and economy in late medieval Spain: Stable isotope evidence from Muslims and Christians from Gandía, Valencia - Michelle M. Alexander, Christopher M. Gerrard, Alejandra Gutiérrez, Andrew R. Millard 02/2015

        Article 

      2. Cooking pots and choices in the medieval Middle East - A.L. Gascoigne

        Chapter 

      3. The contents of the first Muslim houses: Thoughts about the assemblages from the Amman Citadel - A Northedge

        Chapter 

    3. Further Reading: housing and daily life 6 items
      1. The city in the Islamic world - Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Renata Holod, Attilio Petruccioli, André Raymond 2008

        Book  Especially: Dar-Al Ma: The Architecture of Water in the Islamic Countries (Caogero Montalbano); The Economy of the Traditional City (Andre Raymond); The Management of the City ( Andre Raymond); Citizenhood: Proof Against the Century ( Mohammed Naciri); House and Fabric in the Islamic Mediterranean City (Attilio Petroccioli); The Gendered City (Lucienne Thys-Senocak)

      2. Early Islamic Syria: an archaeological assessment - Alan Walmsley 2007

        Book 

    4. Industry and commerce (see also readings in session 8) 6 items
  11. Session 8: The Industrial and Green Revolutions 113 items
    1. Essential 4 items
    2. Technology and Industry 25 items
      1. Early Islamic pottery: materials and techniques - Anne-Marie Keblow Bernsted 2003

        Book 

      2. Islamic art and visual culture: an anthology of sources 2011

        Book 

      3. Glass production at an Early Islamic workshop in Tel Aviv - Ian C. Freestone, Ruth E. Jackson-Tal, Itamar Taxel, Oren Tal 10/2015

        Article 

      4. Experiment and innovation: early Islamic industry at al-Raqqa, Syria - Julian Henderson, Keith Challis, Sarah O’Hara, Sean McLoughlin 03/2005

        Article 

      5. Ancient glass: an interdisciplinary exploration - Julian Henderson 2013

        Book 

      6. Artists, Guilds and Craft Technology - R Irwin

        Chapter 

      7. Islamic arts and crafts: an anthology - Marcus Milwright 2017

        Book 

      8. From silver to ceramic: the potter's debt to metalwork in the Graeco-Roman, Oriental and Islamic worlds - Michael Vickers, O. R. Impey, James W. Allan, Ashmolean Museum 1986

        Book 

      9. Ceramics from Islamic lands - Oliver Watson 2004

        Book 

    3. Agriculture and Rural landscapes 15 items
      1. Irrigation Agrosystems in Eastern Spain: Roman or Islamic Origins? - Karl W. Butzer, Juan F. Mateu, Elisabeth K. Butzer and Pavel Kraus 1985

        Article 

      2. The Countryside - M Milwright

        Chapter 

      3. Pagans and herders: a re-examination of the Negev runoff cultivation systems in the Byzantine and early Arab periods - Yehuda D. Nevo, Negev Archaeological Project for the Study of Ancient Arab Desert Cultures 1991

        Book 

      4. The Countryside: the Roman Agricultural and Hydraulic Legacy of the Islamic Mediterranean - D Ruggles

        Chapter 

      5. Framing the early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean 400-800 - Chris Wickham 2005

        Book  Chapter 8 - Rural Settlement and village societies- pp 442-495 & 514-518

      6. Classical water technology in ht early Islamic world - A Wilson

        Chapter 

    4. Further reading - Trade and Exchange 35 items
      1. East African Trade with the Orient - H Chittick

        Chapter 

      2. The road inns (khāns) in Bilād al-Shām - Katia Cytryn-Silverman 2010

        Book 

      3. Sogdian traders: a history - Étienne de La Vaissière 2005

        Book 

      4. Letters of medieval Jewish traders - Shelomo Dov Goitein 1974, c1973

        Book 

      5. A Mediterranean society: the Jewish communities of the Arab world as portrayed in the documents of the Cairo Geniza - Shelomo Dov Goitein, Gustave E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies 1967-1993

        Book 

      6. Trade Routes under the Caliphate - G.F Hourani

        Chapter 

      7. The Medieval Trade of China - G.F. Hudson

        Chapter 

      8. The Vikings and Islam - E Mikkelsen

        Chapter 

      9. Merv on Khorasanian trade routes from the 10th -13th centuries - P Wordsworth

        Chapter  E Book

    5. Session 9 - Islam, iconoclasm and the image 4 items
      1. Essential 4 items
    6. Select one case-study from the list below

    7. *Podcast 1 item
    8. Further reading - icons, aniconism and iconoclasm 10 items
      1. Essential 5 items
        1. Iconoclasms, - G.W. Bowersock

          Chapter 

        2. Image against Nature - Finbarr Barry Flood 04/2006

          Article 

      2. Further reading 5 items
        1. Aisha's cushion: religious art, perception, and practice in Islam - Jamal J. Elias 2012

          Book 

        2. The formation of Islamic art - Oleg Grabar 1987

          Book 

        3. Walid and his friends: an Umayyad tragedy - University of Oxford. Faculty of Oriental Studies 1988

          Book 

    9. Further reading - Muslim engagements with a pre-Islam past 9 items
      1. Wonder, image, and cosmos in medieval Islam - Persis Berlekamp 2011

        Book 

    10. Further reading - iconoclasm today 9 items
      1. Essential Reading 2 items
      2. The Taliban, Baniyan, and Revisonist Iconoclam - J.L. Elias

        Chapter 

      3. The destruction of art: iconoclasm and vandalism since the French Revolution - Dario Gamboni 1997

        Book 

      4. Bosnia and the destruction of cultural heritage - Helen Walasek 2015

        Book 

  12. Session 10: The future of Islamic heritage 36 items
    1. Essential 5 items
      1. Come prepared to talk about media representation of destruction at one of the following sites: Mecca, Bosnia, Bamiyan Buddhas, Timbuktu, Palmyra.

    2. Heritage and conflict in the Islamic world 20 items
      1. Heritage under attack: motives for targeting cultural property during armed conflict - Johan Brosché, Mattias Legnér, Joakim Kreutz, Akram Ijla 16/03/2017

        Article 

      2. POST-COLONIAL RUINS: - Chiara De Cesari 12/2015

        Article 

      3. Building a world heritage city: Sana'a, Yemen - Michele Lamprakos 2017

        Book 

      4. Bosnia and the destruction of cultural heritage - Helen Walasek 2015

        Book 

    3. Heritage in the Middle East 11 items
      1. Heritage Politics: Learning from Mullah Omar? - R Bernbeck

        Chapter 

  13. ONLINE RESOURCES 6 items
  14. OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES 5 items
    1.  

      ArchNet, Islamic Architecture Community, Aga Khan Project

      https://archnet.org/library/

      Aga Khan Visual Archive, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

      https://dome.mit.edu/handle/1721.3/45936

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