Andrew Petersen

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology


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One of the problems in investigating the archaeology of Islam as a religion is that the whole of society is permeated with the religion and in many ways it is difficult to disassociate any aspect of life from the religion. Although this may be the case with other world religions, this is particularly the case with Islam where there has really been no resolution of the question of leadership of the Muslim community since the death of the Prophet Muhammad. This article begins by examining the historiography of Islamic archaeology, initially from a European point of view and then from a Muslim point of view. It then reviews a number of significant themes within the subject whilst the conclusions point the way to further research themes.

Keywords: Islamic archaeology; religion; Muslims; historiography

Article.  6737 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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