ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY IN PALESTINE

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Islamic Art And Archaeology In Palestine

Author : Myriam Rosen-Ayalon
ISBN : 9781315425955
Genre : Social Science
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Despite political upheavals under Muslim domination in the Middle Ages, Palestine was a center of great artistic activity recognized for its incredible dynamism. Its unique contribution to the Islamic “macrocosm,” however, never became the subject of extensive study. Numerous archeological excavations on this relatively small geographic area reveal the existence of extremely well preserved monuments of high architectural quality and exceptional religious value. This is what Myriam Rosen-Ayalon exposes in this thorough introduction to Palestinian Islamic art and archeology. In chronological order she presents here for the first time the multifaceted and long-lasting achievements of Islamic art in Palestine, filling the gap of years of neglect on the subject.
Category: Social Science

The Fortress Of The Raven

Author : Marcus Milwright
ISBN : 9789004165199
Genre : History
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In c.1142 work started on the construction of a major castle in the southern Jordanian town of Karak. The largest of a network of fortifications, Karak castle became the administrative centre of an important Crusader lordship. After 1188 Karak and its territories were incorporated into the Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman sultanates. This book traces the history of Karak and the surrounding lands during the Middle Islamic period (c.1100-1650 CE). The book offers an innovative methodology, combining primary textual sources (in Latin and Arabic) with archaeological data (principally the ceramic record) as a means to reconstruct the fluctuating economic relations between Karak and other regions of the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean.
Category: History

Perspectives On Early Islamic Art In Jerusalem

Author : Lawrence Nees
ISBN : 9789004302075
Genre : History
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In Perspectives on Early Islamic Art in Jerusalem, Lawrence Nees analyzes early Islamic monuments on the Haram al-Sharif, or the Temple Mount: the Dome of the Chain, and the capitals with figures of eagles in the Dome of the Rock.
Category: History

Sacred Geography

Author : Edward Fox
ISBN : 9781466864320
Genre : History
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A compelling, true murder mystery, that unfolds in the astonishing world of Biblical archeology, a field rife with skullduggery and intrigue Biblical archeology has for centuries been subject to the manipulations of adventurers, generals, and statesmen, all seeking to further their own aims. Now more than ever, digging into the land of the Bible is a weapon as two rival nations seek to prove their claims to its treasures. The most recent casualty in this bloody tug-of-war is Albert Glock, a prominent American archeologist, shot dead in the West Bank in 1992, who devoted his life to helping Palestinian archeologists find evidence of their historic roots. Edward Fox investigates the puzzle of Glock's murder and its background in the explosive cultural politics of archeology in the Holy Land. Fox reveals the strange sub-discipline of biblical archeology--a field rich in obscure mystics, greedy opportunists, and religious charlatans. He pursues the various suspects in Glock's death--Islamic zealots, Jewish extremists, and rival archeologists--only to find himself caught in an expanding labyrinth of deceit. A lively history and a riveting mystery, Sacred Geography is also the tragic story of a man who devoted himself to a cause that ultimately destroyed him.
Category: History

The Byzantine Islamic Transition In Palestine

Author : Gideon Avni
ISBN : 9780199684335
Genre : History
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Using recent archaeological findings, Avni addresses the transformation of local societies in Palestine and Jordan between the sixth and eleventh centuries AD, arguing that the Byzantine-Islamic transition was a much slower and gradual process than previously thought.
Category: History

The Grove Encyclopedia Of Islamic Art And Architecture

Author : Jonathan Bloom
ISBN : 9780195309911
Genre : Islamic architecture
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Oxford University Press is proud to present the most up-to-date and comprehensive encyclopedia in this field. In three illustrated volumes with more than 1,500 entries, the Encyclopedia deals with all aspects of this important area of study, ranging from the Middle East to Central Asia to Southeast Asia and Africa as well as Europe and North America. The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture covers all subject areas including: artists, ruler, writers, architecture, ceramics, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, coins, textiles, and much more. The Encyclopedia offers fully-updated articles and bibliographies that draw upon the expansive scholarship of The Dictionary of Art, as well as more than 500 plans, maps, diagrams, illustrations, and color plates. This exciting reference work is accessible to scholars, students, and general readers, making it a reliable and essential resource covering this topic of burgeoning importance in world history and the visual arts.
Category: Islamic architecture

Early Islamic Syria

Author : Alan Walmsley
ISBN : 9781472537751
Genre : History
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After more than a century of neglect, a profound revolution is occurring in the way archaeology addresses and interprets developments in the social history of early Islamic Syria-Palestine. This concise book offers an innovative assessment of social and economic developments in Syria-Palestine shortly before, and in the two centuries after, the Islamic expansion (the later sixth to the early ninth century AD), drawing on a wide range of new evidence from recent archaeological work. Alan Walmsley challenges conventional explanations for social change with the arrival of Islam, arguing for considerable cultural and economic continuity rather than devastation and unrelenting decline. Much new, and increasingly non-elite, architectural evidence and an ever-growing corpus of material culture indicate that Syria-Palestine entered a new age of social richness in the early Islamic period, even if the gains were chronologically and regionally uneven.
Category: History

The Archaeology Of The Holy Land

Author : Jodi Magness
ISBN : 9780521124133
Genre : Art
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"In the heart of the ancient Near East (modern Middle East) and at a crossroads between once mighty powers such as Assyria to the east and Egypt to the south is a tiny piece of land -- roughly the size of New Jersey -- that is as contested as it is sacred. One cannot even name this territory without sparking controversy. Originally called Canaan after its early inhabitants (the Canaanites), it has since been known by various names. To Jews this is Eretz-Israel (the Land of Israel), the Promised Land described by the Hebrew Bible as flowing with milk and honey. To Christians it is the Holy Land where Jesus Christ -- the messiah or anointed one -- was born, preached, and offered himself as the ultimate sacrifice. Under the Greeks and Romans, it was the province of Judea, a name which hearkened back to the biblical kingdom of Judah. After the Bar-Kokhba revolt ended in 135 C.E., Hadrian renamed the province Syria-Palestina, reviving the memory of the long-vanished kingdom of Philistia. Under early Islamic rule the military district (jund) of Filastin was part of the province of Greater Syria (Arabic Bilad al-Sham). In this book, the term Palestine is used to denote the area encompassing the modern state of Israel, the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan, and the Palestinian territories"--
Category: Art

Testament Of Time

Author : Andrea Berlin
ISBN : 0838639755
Genre : Art
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Testament of Time illuminates not only the long history of human activity in the southern Levant but also the long-standing connection between the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the archaeology of that region. Under the direction of the museum's founders, Drs. Saul and Gladys Weinberg, the Palestinian collection grew to include artifacts spanning five thousand years, including the Bronze and Iron Ages as well as the Persian, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods. The objects highlighted here date from the fourth millenium B.C.E. to the eighth century C.E, and also include finds from the university's own pioneering excavations at Tel Anafa and Jalame. The resulting catalogue, edited by Jane Biers and James Terry, contains 190 objects from the exhibition that were chosen to represent the occupation of the Levant from the Early Bronze Age down to the eighth century. The largest component represents the Bronze and Iron Ages with a focus on death and burial, trade, domestic life, and early religion. These sections are followed by objects representative of the succession of kingdoms that dominated the Levant before the Arab conquest. Thus trade, domestic life, and the myriad of religious beliefs are examined under Persian, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine influence. Finally, two additional sections detail the University's excavations of a magnificent villa at Tel Anafa as well as the glass and ceramic technological revolutions of the Hellenistic period. The catalogue thus encompasses the long history and cultural complexity of the Levant and is a testament in itself to impeccable scholarship and educated collecting. Photographs are by Jeffrey Wilcox and include over 200 images, with 17 in color.
Category: Art