The Archaeology of Medieval Islamic Frontiers

From the Mediterranean to the Caspian Sea

edited by A. Asa Eger

“A fine and innovative piece of scholarship, opening new avenues of research on the medieval Islamic world and beyond.”
—Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Austrian Academy of Sciences

"This book is an invaluable contribution to medieval Islamic studies and the archaeological studies of frontiers, in general"
Journal of Islamic Archaeology 

The Archaeology of Medieval Islamic Frontiers demonstrates that different areas of the Islamic polity previously understood as “minor frontiers” were, in fact, of substantial importance to state formation. Contributors explore different conceptualizations of “border,” the importance of which previously went unrecognized, examining frontiers in regions including the Magreb, the Mediterranean, Egypt, Nubia, and the Caucasus through a combination of archaeological and documentary evidence.

Chapters highlight the significance of these respective regions to the emergence of new sociopolitical, cultural, and economic practices within the Islamic world. These studies successfully overcome the dichotomy of civilization’s center and peripheries in academic discourse by presenting the actual dynamics of identity formation and the definition, both spatial and cultural, of boundaries. The Archaeology of Medieval Islamic Frontiers is a rare combination of a new reading of written evidence with results from archaeological studies that will modify established opinions on the character of the Islamic frontiers and stimulate similar studies for other regions. The book will be relevant to medieval Islamic studies as well as to research in the medieval world in general.

Contributors: Karim Alizadeh, Jana Eger, Kathryn J. Franklin, Renata Holod, Tarek Kahlaoui, Anthony J. Lauricella, Ian Randall, Giovanni R. Ruffini, Tasha Vorderstrasse


A. Asa Eger is associate professor of the Islamic world at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the author of The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier, winner of ASOR’s G. Ernest Wright Book Award in 2015.

Imprint: University Press of Colorado

Book Details

  • Hardcover Price: $58.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60732-878-0
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  • Publication Month: May
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Pages: 232
  • Illustrations: 15
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  • Author: edited by A. Asa Eger
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