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BEITRAGE ZUR ISLAMISCHEN KUNST UND ARCHAOLOGIE: JAHRBUCH DER ERNST-HERZFELD-GESELLSCHAFT E.V. VOL. 4: A HUNDRED YEARS OF EXCAVATIONS IN SAMARRA. Ed. by Julia Gonnella and Rania Abdellatif. Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2014. 352 pp. ISBN 9783895009631 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: There is probably no site in the entire Islamic World that can compare in extravagance with the city of Samarra. Located around 125 km north of Bagdad on the Tigris (today: Iraq), Samarra served as temporary capital of the Abbasid dynasty. Founded by the caliph al-Mu'tasim in 836, it developed into one of the largest and most extraordinary cities of the Ancient World, featuring luxurious palaces, extensive military quarters and a remarkable Great Mosque whose powerful, spiral-shaped minaret continues to be the city's landmark until today. Samarra remained the Abbasid capital for almost six decades until financial crises forced the caliphs to return to Bagdad in 892, leaving the city to decay. It was through the excavations by the former director of the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, Friedrich Sarre (1865 - 1945), and the archaeologist-doyen Ernst Herzfeld (1879 - 1948) in the years 1911-13 that Samarra reached world fame in the academic field. The Samarra explorations were one of the first comprehensive archaeological studies of an Islamic site ever carried out and its discoveries not only greatly enlarged our knowledge of early Islamic city planning, architecture, and artefacts, but also stimulated some of the most fundamental theoretical discussions within the field..
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Hardcover $119.00 nota bene: See Comment Above.

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