Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA1030: Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module will be based on lectures (10 x 2 hrs) and seminars (1 x 2 hrs). Lectures will be occasionally followed by students’ individual discussions of reading assignments. Some visual materials will be used in the module

1. Introduction: Defining the material culture and archaeology of Islam.

2. Introduction to ethnography and historical texts in the understanding of Islamic material culture.

3. The art and the architecture of Islam.

4. The built environment and the “Islamic city”.

5. The individual and the domestic.

6. Death and burial.

7. Manufacturing.

8. Islamic pottery.

9. Navigation and Trade.

10. Boatbuilding traditions.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2010 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities21 x 2 hour seminar
Guided independent study128Guided Independent Study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).