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An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology$
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Marcus Milwright

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623105

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623105.001.0001

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Towns, cities and palaces

Towns, cities and palaces

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(p.75) 5 Towns, cities and palaces
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An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology
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Marcus Milwright

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623105.003.0005

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

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