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Towns, cities and palaces

Marcus Milwright

in An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748623105
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623105.003.0005
Towns, cities and palaces

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This chapter is concerned with the organization of complex settlements in the Islamic period. These can be defined as towns, cities, and palaces although the boundaries between such categories are not always well defined. The first section considers the nature of urban spaces in early Islam, and particularly the ways in which archaeology can refine our understanding of Arabic terms like madina and misr. This section also explores the evolution of large-scale Islamic palaces which take on some of the characteristics of cities. The second section assesses the evidence for urban material culture in different Islamic regions. The final section is devoted to the provision of water to urban areas, and explores the archaeology of aqueducts, drainage, fountains, and cisterns.

Keywords: Urbanism; Misr; Madina; Classical; Material culture; Water; Fountain; Aqueduct; Palace

Chapter.  11420 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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