Religious practice in the Islamic world

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:
Religious practice in the Islamic world

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The archaeology of religious monuments and of religious practice forms the subject of this chapter. The first section is devoted to the archaeology of the mosque, and uses three case studies to explore the ways in which these building were changed and adapted over time. These changes could occur through the patronage of different rulers or dynasties or simply because places of worship needed expand in order to accommodate a growing Muslim population. The second section looks at the archaeological study of Muslim burial, and questions why there should be divergences from the practices defined in Islamic law. The last section considers the experience of non-Muslim communities living under Islamic rule, with a particular emphasis upon the churches and synagogues of early Islamic Greater Syria.

Keywords: Mosque; Church; Synagogue; Cemetery; Death; Islam; Christianity; Conversion; Mosaic

Chapter.  9126 words. 

Subjects: Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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