Landscapes of the Islamic World

Landscapes of the Islamic World presents new work by twelve authors on the archaeology, history, and ethnography of the Islamic world in the Middle East, the Arabian peninsula, and central Asia. The focus looks beyond the city to engage with the predominantly rural and pastoral character of premodern Islamic society.

Landscapes of the Islamic World
Archaeology, History, and Ethnography

Edited by Stephen McPhillips and Paul D. Wordsworth

2016 | 272 pages | Cloth $75.00
Archaeology | Anthropology | Geography
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Table of Contents

Preface
—Stephen McPhillips and Paul D. Wordsworth

Introduction
—Tony J. Wilkinson

PART I. HYDROECONOMIES: MANAGING AND LIVING WITH WATER
Chapter 1. The Materiality of Ottoman Water Administration in Eighteenth-Century Rural Damascus: A Historian's Perspective
—Astrid Meier
Chapter 2. The Islamic Occupation of Qatar in the Context of an Environmental Framework
—Phillip G. Macumber
Chapter 3. Water Management in Desert Regions: Early Islamic Qasr Mushash
—Karin Bartl

PART II. AGRICULTURE, PASTORALISM, AND SUBSISTENCE
Chapter 4. Faunal Distributions from the Southern Highlands of Transjordan: Regional and Historical Perspectives on the Representations and Roles of Animals in the Middle Islamic Period
—Robin M. Brown
Chapter 5. Zooarchaeological Perspectives on Rural Economy and Landscape Use in Eighteenth-Century Qatar
—Pernille Bangsgaard and Lisa Yeomans

PART III. LANDSCAPES OF COMMERCE AND PRODUCTION
Chapter 6. Beyond Iron Age Landscapes: Copper Mining and Smelting in Faynan in the Twelfth to Fourteenth Centuries CE
—Ian W. N. Jones
Chapter 7. Ceramic Production in the Central Highlands of Yemen During the Islamic Period
—Daniel Mahoney
Chapter 8. Harnessing Hydraulic Power in Ottoman Syria: Water Mills and the Rural Economy of the Upper Orontes Valley
—Stephen McPhillips

PART IV. TRANSIENCE AND PERMANENCE: MOVEMENT AND MEMORY IN THE LANDSCAPE
Chapter 9. The Architectural Legacy of the Seasonally Nomadic Ghurids
—David C. Thomas and Alison L. Gascoigne
Chapter 10. The Northern Jordan Project and the "Liquid Landscapes" of Late Islamic Bilad al-Sham
—Bethany J. Walker
Chapter 11. "Presencing the Past": A Case Study of Islamic Rural Burial Practices from the Homs Region, Syria
—Jennie N. Bradbury
Chapter 12. Sustaining Travel: The Economy of Medieval Stopping Places Across the Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan
—Paul D. Wordsworth

Conclusion. Some Reflections on Rural Islamic Landscapes
—Alan Walmsley

Glossary
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments