New Paper on the Muharraq, Bahrain, Excavations Published

Some of the results of the fieldwork in Muharraq, Bahrain, described previously in this blog have just been published in the journal Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy (2021, https://doi.org/10.1111/aae.12173). Excavation of a large building, probably Christian, possibly part of a monastery or large house complex, and seemingly abandoned in the eighth century, are presented. This is important for understanding Islamisation not just in Bahrain, but in relation to processes of Islamic conversion more generally. 

– Tim 

Excavated building complex at Samahij. Building 1 (red) is earlier, probably a Christian structure, and Building 2 (yellow), an abandoned later mosque and shrine (photo. T. Insoll)  

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