Islamic archaeology at 14th ICAANE June 2025, Lyon

The Organizing Committee invites all scholars working on subjects related to Near Eastern Islamic Archaeology to participate in the 14th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE), to be held at Lyon 2 University, Lyon, on  2-7 June 2025. 

The session on Islamic Archaeology aims primarily at providing an overview of the results achieved by recent archaeological research. As in past meetings, papers related to the principal themes of the congress are encouraged. Historical synthesis based on archaeological evidence will be particularly welcomed. Simple single-site field reports should be avoided. 

Geographically, the Islamic session will cover the same areas as the main Congress: from the Eastern Mediterranean to Iran and from Anatolia to Arabia; it will also include Egypt. Historically, the Islamic session can stretch as late as the Ottoman period.

More informations can be found at the 14ICAANE website ( 

Call for papers: Islamic Archaeology Conference 2024

07-09. November 2024

Goethe-University Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany

Islamic Archaeology as a discipline has seen a spectacular growth in complexity and amount of themes in the last two decades. After a long period in which Islamic Archaeology was considered a field of Art History in the Middle Eastern and North African countries, the discipline has found a new life in the 21st century by adopting new perspectives and expanding to new research areas. The materials that constitute its subject of study and the groups of researchers that address it are spread worldwide, and therefore a range of points of view and expectations from different archaeological traditions have been developed. It is a good time now to address this variety in the discipline in search of common trends and interests.

Islamic Archaeology Conference 2024 invites scholars, researchers, and professionals worldwide to participate in a comprehensive exploration of the material culture of the Early and Middle Islamic periods (600-1500 AD) and in analyzing historical narratives and syntheses that the discipline contributes to. This conference aims to provide a platform for contributions from diverse groups of people and for exchanging ideas, methodologies, and discoveries in Islamic archaeology.

We invite submissions on a wide range of topics related to the archaeology of the Islamic world during the 7th to 15th centuries, including but not limited to:

1.  Archaeological Fieldwork: recent archaeological results.

2. Urban and Rural Landscapes: the organization and development of cities and rural settlements.

3. Built Environments: structures, water installations, and architectural elements.

4. Burial and Off-Site Archaeology

5.  Mobile Artifacts: studies on ceramics, metalwork, glass, textiles, and other objects and raw materials.

6.  Trade, Exchange and Networks.

7.  Cultural Interactions.

8.  Methodological and Theoretical Advances: New approaches and technologies in Islamic archaeology.

Submission Guidelines

– Abstracts: Submissions should include a 300-word abstract outlining the research objectives, methodologies, and preliminary findings.

– Formatting: Abstracts should be submitted in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and include a title, author(s) name, affiliation, and contact details.

– Language: The submission language is English.

– Deadline: The deadline for abstract submission is 31. March 2024.

The conference fees for speakers are:

25€ for Professionals

Free for Students

Important Dates

– Abstract submission deadline: 31. March 2024

– Notification of acceptance: 15. May 2024

– Fee payment deadline: 1. July 2024

– Conference dates: 07-09. November 2024

Contact Information

For inquiries and abstract submissions, please contact Abed Taghavi at and Hagit Nol at

We look forward to your participation in this exciting and intellectually stimulating event on Islamic Archaeology.


Conference Organizing Committee

Call for papers: On the Roads of Arabia: Itineraries by Land and Sea (deadline : 17/05/2024)

The inter-university association Routes del’Orient, in partnership with the Institut du Monde Arabe and Archaïos, is organizing an international symposium entitled “On theRoads of Arabia: Itineraries by Land and Sea”, to be held at the Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris) on the 12th, 13th and 14th December. The aim of the symposium is to study the overland and maritime routes of the Arabian Peninsula and the exchanges they made possible, through archaeology, history, philology, religion and life sciences. This topic will be addressed in the longue durée, from the Bronze Age to the Islamic period. The symposium will also examine the networks of exchanges with border regions such as the Indian subcontinent, the Horn of Africa and Egypt, as well as the empires of the Ancient Near East, and the Greek and Roman empires.

Conditions for submissions:
Deadline: Friday 17th May 2024
Contributions will take the form of a 20-minute lecture followed by 10 minutes of questions. An abstract of no more than 300 words should be sent as an attached file (.docx) to by
Friday 17th May 2024. This file must also include the full name, email address, status and affiliation of the author(s), the title of the paper and the chosen topic. Papers can be submitted in English or French.
The proceedings of this conference will be published digitally in a special issue of our journal Routes de l’Orient.

In line with the objectives and values of Routes de l’Orient, we strongly encourage young researchers (masters, doctoral and post-doctoral students) to submit their contributions.

Full information on the Call for Papers below:

Post-doc offer: Islamic Archaeology, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am MainPost-doc offer

The Institute of Archaeological Sciences at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, seeks to fill in a PostDoc-position in Islamic Archaeology (part-time, 50%, TV-GU-E13) to the next possible date.
The position is for three years with a possible extension after positive evaluation.
We expect from you:
To conduct independent research in the field of Islamic archaeology and to develop your own research project, including the acquisition of third-party funding, with the aim of a Habilitation.
To teach in the BA/MA program in the Institute of Archaeological Sciences one course per year.
To participate in the activities of the Institute of Archaeological Sciences.

Your profile:
You have completed a scientific university degree (diploma/master) as well as a doctorate in one of the following fields: archaeology (with a focus on Islamic archaeology), architectural history/historical building research or Art history (with a focus on Islamic art history) or Islamic
Studies / Islamic Studies (with a focus on Material culture of Islam).
Your doctorate was defended on, or later than, 15.11.2020. You are scientifically active and enthusiastic to support in shaping a new field of research. You have a very good command of English; knowledge of German is advantageous.

To apply:
Please send your application by email until 21.11.23 as a single PDF file (max. 10 MB) to junior professor Dr. Hagit Nol ( and

The application should include:

  • curriculum vitae,
  • certificates of academic diplomas,
  • list of publications,
  • an outline for a future project or research strategy

Call for Papers: Production, Transmission & Interpretation

An interdisciplinary conference on Islamic Art, Architecture, History and Archaeology on 14th and 15th March, 2024.

Islamic time begins with the Hijra; the integral responsibilities of every Muslim include the Hajj; and studies of Islamic history have traditionally followed military marches and commercial/cultural corridors that enabled the creation of the great gunpowder empires. More recently, mobility has also been manifested in the Islamic world in the fall of these empires, movement of their materials through loots and repatriations, and voluntary and forced migrations. Until recently, these themes have been predominantly researched divorced from Islam through incongruous positivist lenses and euro-centric canons, and often with underlying colonial agendas.

It is with the aim to intervene within and disrupt this context that the Department of History of Art and the Department of Archaeology at the University of York present Production, Transmission, & Interpretation, a conference on Islamic Art, Architecture, History, and Archaeology. Foregrounding the voices of the historically marginalised, founded in material cultural narratives, and focussed on new sources and methodologies, this conference will bring together the latest research from scholars – doctoral to emeriti – and draw upon a range of cognate disciplines across the arts, humanities, and social sciences, to consider 1400 years of the Islamic world and society.

Submission Guidelines

We welcome abstract submissions intended to culminate into the standard format of 20-minute in-person academic paper presentations and invite applications from across disciplines, including art and architectural history, archaeology, conservation, heritage management, curation, museum studies and cultural studies, on themes that may include:

Islamic heartlands, hinterlands, and frontiers

Art and architecture of mobility, routes, travels, and transfers

Patronage – imperial, sub-imperial, male, female, and non-binary

Agency of architects, artists, and craftspersons

Sources – oral histories, local archives, epigraphy, calligraphy, endangered languages Archaeological material, bioarchaeological approaches, and conservation

Islamic approaches past and present to nature, culture, environment and sustainability

Conflicts, occupations, appropriations and adaptations

Islamic art markets – auctions, ethics, legislations

Abstracts should be limited to 250 words, indicate the target thematic cluster, and be accompanied by the researcher’s name, institutional affiliation and stage of study, location, and a brief biography not exceeding 100 words.

Deadline for proposal submission is 31 December, 2023.

All abstracts should be sent as pdf attachments to

If you have any questions, please email Parshati Dutta or Nausheen Hoosein.

Conversations are underway with leading university presses to publish a thematic edited volume of papers presented, therefore please declare if the material has been used before, and if not, whether you would be interested in publishing with us.


19th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld-Gesellschaft | Ernst Herzfeld Society

Vitrocentre Romont, Switzerland, 4-6 July 2024

Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2023
Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2024

Glass is an exceptionally diverse material that has been highly valued ever since its discovery by human beings in the 4th millennium BC. Yet the artistic and cultural-historical significance of the material is still underestimated or even neglected by art historical research. Research on glass art has been given new directions and has been considerably spurred by two international initiatives, the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA) and the Association international pour l’histoire du verre (AIHV), both founded in the 1950s.

In the field of Islamic art, glass continues to be one of the less researched media. While glass mosaics, stucco glass windows or blown glass produced in the region aroused the interest of scholars in the emerging disciplines of Islamic archaeology and art history in the 19th and early 20th centuries, its study increasingly lost importance in the course of the 20th century and is now largely confined to specialized circles, even though glass has always played a significant role in the art and architecture of the Islamic world.

This colloquium intends to stimulate the study of glass in the art and architecture of the Islamic world and to ensure that the topic finds a place in the general discourse. By presenting ongoing research, the colloquium will address art-historical, architectural, archaeological, as well as material, technical and socio-cultural aspects.

Full details:

Seminar Series on Islamic and Asian Ceramics (Online)

The Centre for Islamic Archaeology at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter is pleased to announce the upcoming seminar series Islamic and Asian Ceramics highlighting the work of Early Career Researchers via Zoom. This series is directed by Professor Timothy Insoll and co-chaired by Samantha Dobson, Yiying Li and Cristina Martínez Carrillo. To sign up to get the Zoom links for these exciting seminars please use the link:


18th October 5pm UK Time – Local Ceramics from the Mediaeval Islamic Trade Centre of Harlaa, Ethiopia in a Regional Perspective: Contact and Influence. – Dr. Nicholas Tait is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Islamic Archaeology, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. As part of his research, he has worked on ceramics from sites in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Bahrain. This paper focuses on the local ceramics from Harlaa, Ethiopia, he studied for his PhD research at the University of Exeter. 

29th November 5pm UK Time – Madīnat Ilbīra as an example of work in progress. Household ceramics and residential areas in an early al-Andalus city. – Cristina Martínez-Álvarez is a PhD student at Szkoła Doktorska Anthropos in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology (Polish Academy of Sciences) in Warsaw and member of the research group “Identity, Society and Territory of the Western Mediterranean (6th-16th centuries)” of the University of Granada. This research is under development and is entitled “Islamization in kūra of Ilbīra (Al-Andalus). Comparative study on pottery production and distribution in the Early islamic period in south-east Iberian Peninsula”.

13th December 5pm UK Time – Evaluation of Quantitative XRF Analysis Applied to Determine Cobalt Sources in Chinese Blue‐and‐White Porcelain. – Dr. Qian Ma serves as a research associate and post-doctoral fellow at the Oxford Accelerator Radiocarbon Unit, University of Oxford. Throughout his extensive research career, he has consistently applied innovative chemical techniques to diverse archaeological materials, offering fresh insights into historical practices and materials. 


Materiality of hygiene, purity and the senses in Islam

17:00-20:15 (CEST)

Chairs: Sterenn Le Maguer-Gillon (Archaïos and Institut catholique de Paris) and Hagit Nol (Goethe-University Frankfurt)

17:00 Case studies

Louise Blanke, The University of Edinburgh/Israel Institute of Advanced Studies

Hygiene and social practice in the Central Bathhouse in Jarash, Jordan

Roland-Pierre Gayraud, CIHAM (CNRS, Lyon)

Public and private hygiene in Islamic Egypt (9th-11th centuries). An archaeological overview.

Elisa Pruno, University of Firenze

Materiality of hygiene: the raw materials and the productive cycle of soap factories in the Middle Ages in the Middle East

18:30 Break

18:45 Discussion

Discussant: Roxanne Brame, Seattle University

Discussant: Adam Bursi

General debate and questions

For registration (and zoom link), please write us to until October 25th.

Lecture: “22 Years of the Ango-Bahraini Early Islamic Bahrain Project”, T. Insoll

The IASA annual Beatrice de Cardi Lecture is taking place on the 21st September at 17.45 BST at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London WIJ 0BE and via Zoom. If any members of the Bahrain Society would like to attend in person please send an email to: by 15 September.

To Register via Zoom:…/tZMkc-ioqz4sHtXXpicRc5JBh_Aq…

For full details of the lecture please see the IASA website:

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