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Sumer and Akkad (Iraq), c. 3500–2000 BCE

Harriet Crawford

Harriet Crawford is Reader Emerita at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and Senior Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The marshes and plains of southern Iraq, known as Sumer from about 3000 BCE, were very productive, though the plain needed irrigation before cultivation was possible. The area lacked certain essentials like good-quality stone and strong...

Babylonia (Iraq), c. 1800–539 BCE

David Kertai

David Kertai is a post-doctoral scholar within the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...Babylon is located around 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Baghdad in the alluvial plain between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, in what was then central Mesopotamia and today is Iraq. The region receives relatively little rain...

Assyria (Iraq), c. 1900–612 BCE

David Kertai

David Kertai is a post-doctoral scholar within the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The kings of Assur – a city in the north of modern-day Iraq, then in northern Mesopotamia – emerged as one of the major powers of the Middle East in the thirteenth century BCE and came to control the entire region in the seventh century...

Greater Syria and Iraq (Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates), 661–1258

Marcus Milwright

Marcus Milwright is Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Victoria, Canada. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...Greater Syria and Iraq were among the regions conquered by the Arab armies during the seventh century. The former was under the control of the Byzantine Empire and the latter under the rule of the Sasanid shahs. The new monotheistic faith...

Egypt (Arab Conquest to Mamluk Dynasty), 641–1517

Jonathan M. Bloom

Jonathan M. Bloom shares the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College, Massachusetts, and the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA, with Sheila Blair. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...Although the distinctive geography, arid and hot climate, and available building materials remained the same after the Arab conquest of Egypt in the seventh century as they had been before, architecture of the Islamic period reveals...

The Middle East, 1830–1914

Mohammad al-Asad

Mohammad al-Asad is Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) in Amman, Jordan. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 2

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The Middle East is defined by Turkey (north), Iran (east), Arabian Peninsula (south), and Egypt (west). Between lies the ‘Fertile Crescent’, including modern-day Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Israel/Palestine. From 1830 to 1914...