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Abrahamic Archaeology

In the context of Madain Project, "Abrahamic archaeology" refers neither to a specific time period, nor to a particular geographical region, as Islam, Christianity and Judaism are global and the center of the these religions has shifted many times over the centuries. Likewise, it is not defined by a single methodology or theoretical construct (for example; it is not the "Islamic" equivalent of "Biblical archaeology", with an emphasis on the study of places and peoples mentioned in religious texts). The term refers to the archaeological study of Abrahamic societies (Muslim, Christian and Judaic), polities, and communities, wherever they are found. It may be considered a type of "historical" archaeology, in which the study of historically (textually) known societies can be studied through a combination of "texts and tell".
---- Definition derived from Journal of Islamic Archaeology

Haram al-Sharif, Jerusalem

Where It All Began

Abrahamic archaeology is a rapidly expanding area of study, with archaeological projects now being conducted from the Iberian Peninsula to Central Asia, in sub-Saharan and East Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Indonesia.
---- Marcus Milwright

The term Abrahamic archaeology may be broadly defined as the examination of the physical remains of human activity and of the wider environment in regions of the world where the ruling elite professed the faith of Abraham.
---- Marcus Milwright

Meet the Team

We're a group of history enthusiats, academics, historians, and some just explorers from more than six countries.

Mission

Abrahamic Archaeology. The first and foremost mission of Madain Project is to locate and identify the sites associated with Abrahamic faiths and conduct multidisciplinary and systematic study of these historical sites. The project has a number of over-arching aims.

  • Improve our understanding of the surviving archaeological resources
  • To make the research available to the widest range of audience possible and especially to enhance the educational uses of this website and the archaeological resources.

Current Project Specific Activities

  • Secondary Research, collection and archiving of already available data
  • Development of a user-friendly web archive
  • Research and link the sites with people, incidents, and eras of Abrahamic religions.

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Editorial Process

Madain Project operates a rigorous writing, editing and review process, which includes, developmental editing and review, integrative review, peer-review, content assessments, structural reviews, copy editing, proof reading and then publishing. We employ the collaborative review approach in most cases.

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