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Reflections of Empire
Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on the Pottery of the Ottoman Levant and Beyond, AASOR 64

Edited by Bethany Walker

Reflections of Empire
Hardback, 224 pages £15.00
Published: 2009
ISBN: 9780897570817
Format: 280mm x 215mm
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Subjects: American Schools of Oriental Research, Ancient Near East, Archaeology

Includes 58 b/w figures.

Ottoman archaeology has progressed significantly in the last ten years from a study of the "Dark Ages" to a multi-faceted investigation into the history and societies of the longest-lived Muslim empire of the Early Modern era. What have been missing from the scholarship of the period, however, are the nuts and bolts of Ottoman ceramics from a regional perspective: technical studies that identify and define assemblages and produce typologies and chronologies of specific wares that go beyond the site-specific studies dominant in current scholarship.

This monograph addresses this gap in the literature by pulling together technical studies on pottery from the eastern frontiers of the Ottoman Empire: Cyprus, Israel, the Palestinian territories, and Jordan. The geographical focus of the book recognizes the cultural, historical, and economic interconnections that made this region a distinctive orbit in the Ottoman sphere and that represent both the commonalities and diversities among the provinces that constituted the "Middle East" of the Ottoman world.

The monograph presents previously unpublished Ottoman pottery from largely archaeological (and specifically stratified) contexts and assesses their potential for understanding the larger cultural history of the Ottoman's eastern frontier. The individual authors are leading ceramics specialists in the region and have each worked on multiple projects in different countries. Rather than merely a collection of individual studies, the monograph is comparative and synthesizes our current knowledge of Ottoman ceramics in a way that is useful technically to field archaeologists and on a theoretical level to scholars of Ottoman social history.


List of Illustrations


Chapter 1 – Defining the Levant (Bethany J. Walker)

Chapter 2 – Ottoman Pottery Assemblages from Excavations in Israel (Miriam Avissar)

Chapter 3 – The Ottoman Pottery of Palestine (Marwan Abu Khalaf)

Chapter 4 – An Ethno-Archaeological Approach to Ottoman Pottery: The Case of “Gaza Gray Ware” (Hamed Salem)

Chapter 5 – Identifying the Late Islamic Period Ceramically: Preliminary Observations on Ottoman Wares from Central and Northern Jordan (Bethany J. Walker)

Chapter 6 – Stability and Change in Ottoman Coarse Wares in Cyprus (Ruth Smadar Gabrieli)






Bethany Walker is a professor in the history department at Missouri State University. Walker's areas of expertise include world history, Middle Eastern history, Middle Eastern archaeology, and women in Islam. She is interested particularly in Islamic archaeology in Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen; history of medieval Islam; and Mamluk Jordan, among other things.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 224 pages
 280mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
  HIS026000, SOC003000
 American Schools of Oriental Research


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