Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology
Insoll, T. 1999. The Archaeology of Islam. (Social Archaeology Series). Oxford: Blackwells Publishers. 274 pp.

Insoll, T. 1999. The Archaeology of Islam. (Social Archaeology Series). Oxford: Blackwells Publishers. 274 pp.

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This book is the first ever consideration of what actually constitutes an archaeology of Islam. It provides a consideration of all categories of material evidence which might indicate the existence of a Muslim in the archaeological record, and in so doing uses anthropological evidence as much as archaeological. Uniquely, it also takes a truly world wide perspective on the Muslim community, including material from contemporary Muslim communities in the UK through to those of 7th century AD Arabia, or 14th century AD Indonesia. It has received great critical acclaim, and has been translated into Turkish by Homer Kitaberi Ve Yayincilik Ltd. Examples of brief extracts from reviews of this book include:

  • Peter Shinnie writes in the Times Higher Education Supplement (13 July 2001) that, “the standard of scholarship shown by the author is considerable and his understanding of Islam most impressive”.
  • Nancy Benco in Antiquity (2000, Vol 74, p.980), states that, “The Archaeology of Islam constitutes one of the most theoretically stimulating and modern treatises on the investigation of religious ideology available today….it offers all archaeologists, no matter where they work, a comprehensive case-study for investigating the impact of belief systems on the material culture of complex societies”.