The Journal of Islamic Archaeology is the only journal today devoted to the field of Islamic archaeology on a global scale. Islamic Archaeology refers to the archaeological study of Islamic societies, polities, and communities, wherever they are found. It may be considered a type of “historical” archaeology, in which the study of historically (textually) known societies can be studied through a combination of “texts and tell”. The journal exhibits a wide range of ancient Islamic cultures related topics, including:
- The evolution of trade networks e.g., within an East Asian context, in the Central Mediterranean of the 10-11thcenturies or in the Late Islamic Arabian Gulf
- Symbolic cultural meaning systems underlying the creation of glazed ceramics, moulded wares or hand-made geometrically painted wares and the socio-economic implications of their production
- Or burial practices as in Medieval Toledo or in the Jordan Valley during the late Medieval and early Ottoman periods.