Institute of Archaeology


Early Islamic North Africa: A New Perspective

20 July 2020

Corisande Fenwick's new volume on Early Islamic North Africa has been published recently by Bloomsbury.

Early Islamic North Africa by Corisande Fenwick (bookcover)

This single-authored book by Corisande Fenwick proposes a new approach to the Arab conquests and the spread of Islam in North Africa and is part of the Bloomsbury Academic Debates in Archaeology series which includes thematic volumes on subjects of contemporary debate in archaeology, ranging from issues in theory and method to aspects of world archaeology.

The volume offers the first assessment of the archaeology of early Islamic North Africa (7th–9th centuries), drawing on a wide range of new evidence from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. It lays out current debates about its interpretation and suggests new ways of thinking about this crucial period in world history. It will challenge students of archaeology and history to think in new ways about North Africa, the earliest Islamic empires and states and the transition from the Roman to the medieval Mediterranean.

Corisande co-directs excavations at Bulla Regia, Tunisia and Volubilis, Morocco and is co-editor of The Aghlabids and their Neighbours (2017) and the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology (2018). She is Co-ordinator of the Institute's Islamic Archaeology Research Network which encourages collaboration, promotes research and generates new agendas amongst researchers working on the Islamic world at the Institute and beyond.

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