478 pp. of English & French Text ; tables, b/w photographs, index; Copy in very good Condition
Cultural and historical material Near Eastern civilization, but also discus recent methodological developments in their respective disciplines.
some of the important questions considered in the essays are: the use and communicativeness of arabic inscriptions. the Black Death in the Middle East, the development of shrine architecture in Islamic Iran, the minting of coins in medieval Egypt, the origins of the eyvan, a Byzantine glass bowl with mythological subjects, trade patterns in the Persian Gulf, the circulation of Islamic coins in Eastern and Central Europe, Muslim Coins in medieval England, a Byzantine inscription from the Latin domination of constantinople, various Sasanian objects (silver bowls, gems, stucco, and glass vessel-stamps), coin and tools both in archaeological surface finds and in the dating of early Islamic pottery, late Timurid and early Ottoman miniature painting, Crusader seals from Palestine, documents on Byzantine aristocratic life, the inscription of the Zoroastrian Priest Kirder, and of course the coinage of such oriental dynasties as the Parthians, Sasanians, Kushans, Artaxiads of Armenia, Byzantines, Umayyads, 'Abbasids, Hamdanids, Samanids, Seljuks, Crusaders, Ayyubids, Artukids and Zengids, Shirvanshahs, Karakhanids, Khwarazmshahs, Gurids, Mongols and Ottomans.
the volume is profusely illustrated throughout with plates, drawing figures and maps. It contains a biography of George Miles and a detailed list of his publications from 1926 to 1974.