Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2014: Regions and Empires in Islamic Archaeology

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Timothy Insoll (Convenor)

Professor John Cooper (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Complimenting thematic material presented in module ARA1030, this module approaches Islamic archaeology from both a chronological and regional perspective, and in a global context. It reviews the archaeology of the Islamic world across time and space so as to assess the state of archaeological knowledge of the period from the time of the Prophet Muhammad through to the Ottoman Empire. Each week a specific geographical region or time period will be examined, focusing upon key sites, to reconstruct what is known about that region or time period and to evaluate key future research directions. It is not necessary to have completed ARA1030 to join this module, but an interest in Islamic archaeology and history is essential. The course involves practical engagement with Islamic archaeological material in a museum context and in the course seminars. The module will be based on lectures (9 x 2 hours), a full day Museum visit and gallery analysis in the Victoria and Albert and British Museums in London, and seminars centred on individual student presentations on agreed topics  (1 x 2 hours). Lectures will be occasionally followed by students’ individual discussions of reading assignments. Where relevant, Islamic archaeological handling artifacts and material culture will be used in lectures and seminars, and short films on Islamic material culture and heritage shown and discussed. The following themes may be covered.

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