Archaeology of Islam

Archaeology of Islam
Pre-Islamic roots through Ottoman period. Sites, artifacts, and monuments of Islam. Focus on religious and cultural contexts. Relevant Islamic texts and archaeological methods for understanding medieval Islamic sites and artifacts.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 RecommendedAnthr 215.
 TaughtWinter even years
 ProgramsContaining ANTHR 379
Course Outcomes: 

Islamic Archaeology & Cultural Contexts

-Course topics will give students an introductory understanding of the archaeology of Islam from its Pre-Islamic roots through all major Islamic eras ending with the Mughal and Ottoman periods.

-Students will gain a knowledge of the most important sites, artifacts, and monuments of Islam.

-Students will also gain a deeper understanding of Islamic archaeology through a focus on its religious and cultural contexts through relating relevant Islamic texts to the major archaeological sites and artifacts of numerous Islamic cultures.

-Students will gain a working knowledge of the archaeological methods and theories currently impacting the excavation and interpretation of Islamic sites throughout the Mediterranean Basin, the Near East, India, and Asia Minor.

-Students will improve both their speaking and critical writing and research skills through both an oral in class presentation and a research paper of not less than 12 papers addressing a major research question pertinent to Islamic Archaeology.