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The Ebb and Flow of the Ghurid Empire


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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of plates
List of tables
Abstract in Dari
Note on transliteration and dates
AbbreviationsIntroduction1. The nomadic empire of the Ghurids
2. The Ghurid landscapes
3. The rise, expansion and demise of the Ghurids under the Shansabanid dynasty
4. The archaeological remains of the Ghurids
5. Exploring Jam
6. Re-defining Jam: an archaeological eye in the sky
7. The Ghurids: an unsustainable Early Islamic polity

Appendix 1: Google Earth study areas
Appendix 2: less well-known ethnies and dynasties
Works cited

Supplementary appendicesAppendix 3: Ghurid sites
Appendix 4: Architectural details of sites and structures recorded by MJAP in 2003 and 2005
Appendix 5: MJAP robber hole data
Appendix 6: MJAP robber holes
Appendix 7: Excavated contexts, MJAP 2003 and 2005
Appendix 8: Small finds, MJAP 2003 and 2005
Appendix 9: X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) data
Appendix 10: Environmental data
Appendix 11: Descriptions of Ghurid sites analysed in high-resolution satellite images available through Google Earth
Appendix 12: Descriptions of selected Ghurid sites analysed using upgraded satellite images available through Google Earth
Appendix 13: ASAGE sites referred to in Chapter 7
Appendix 14: Summary data for all the ASAGE sites

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In this archaeological analysis of the Ghurid dynasty, David Thomas provides a deeper understanding of this renowned Early Islamic polity.

About the Author

David C. Thomas is an honorary associate in archaeology at La Trobe University.


' ... this work of synthesis is quite significant, constructing an interdisciplinary image of Ghu rid urbanism at Jam as well as the broader material footprint of Ghu rid territorial politics through
multiple Afghan landscapes.'

-- Kathryn Franklin * Antiquity *

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