Marcus Milwright

Marcus Milwright
Art History and Visual Studies

MA (Edinburgh), DPhil (Oxford)

Office: Fine Arts 129

Areas of research

  • Islamic art and archaeology
  • Traditional craft practices in the Middle East
  • Cross-cultural interaction in the Medieval and early Modern Mediterranean
  • History of medicine

Brief biography

Marcus Milwright completed his DPhil at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford in 1999. He joined the Department of History in Art in 2002. His research focuses upon the archaeology of the Islamic period, the art and architecture of the Islamic Middle East, cross-cultural interaction in the Medieval and early Modern Mediterranean, the history of medicine, craft practices in Late Ottoman Syria, and the architecture and civil engineering of southern Greece during the Ottoman sultanate.

He is the author of two books: An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology, The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys (Edinburgh University Press, 2010); and The Fortress of the Raven: Karak in the Middle Islamic Period (1100-1600), Islamic History and Civilization, Studies and Texts 72 (Brill, 2008).

His articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals including MuqarnasTurcicaJournal of the Royal Asiatic SocietyPalestine Exploration QuarterlyLevantMedieval Ceramicsal-Rafidan, and the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, and he has contributed chapters to The New Cambridge History of Islam (volumes 1 and 4), the Encyclopaedia of Islam Third Edition, and several other edited volumes. He has curated an exhibition, Steel: A Mirror of Life in Pre-Modern Iran, at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (2001).

He is currently working on a history of balsam in the Medieval period and a study of portraits of Muslim rulers in European printed books of the 16th and 17th centuries. 

Selected Publications

  • "Archaeology and material culture." In: C. Robinson, ed., The New Cambridge History of Islam. Volume 1 (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 664-82. 
  • "Islamic art and architecture." in: R. Irwin, ed., The New Cambridge History of Islam. Volume 4 (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 682-742.
  • "The pottery of Ayyubid Jerusalem." In: R. Hillenbrand and S. Auld, eds., Ayyubid Jerusalem: The Holy City in Context, 1187-1250, London: Altajir Trust (2009), 408-17. 
  • (with Evanthia Baboula) "Water on the ground: Water systems in two Ottoman Greek port cities." In: S. Blair and J. Bloom, eds., Rivers of Paradise: Water in Islamic Art and Culture. New Haven and London: Yale University Press (2009), 213-38. 
  • "Written sources and the study of pottery in Ottoman Bilad al-Sham." Al-Rafidan 30 (2009), 37-52.
  • "Imported pottery in Ottoman Bilad al-Sham." Turcica 40 (2008), 121-52.
  • "Turquoise and black: Notes on an underglaze-painted stonepaste ware of the Mamluk period." Palestine Exploration Quarterly, 140.3 (2008), 123-34.
  • "So despicable a vessel: Representations of Tamerlane in printed books of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries." Muqarnas, 23 (2006), 317-44.
  • "Reynald of Châtillon and Red Sea expedition of 1182-1183." In: M. Yazigi and N. Christie, eds., Noble Ideals and Bloody Realities: Warfare in the Middle Ages, Leiden: E. J. Brill (2006), 230-55.
  • "Southern and Central Jordan in the Ayyubid period: Archaeological and historical perspectives." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, ser.3, 16.1 (2006), 1-27. 
  • "‘Waves of the sea’: Responses to marble in written sources (9th-15th century)." In: B. O’Kane, ed., The Iconography of Islamic Art. Studies in Honour of Professor Robert Hillenbrand. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2005), 211-21.
  • "Modest luxuries: Decorated lead-glazed pottery in the south of Bilad al-Sham (thirteenth-fourteenth century)." Muqarnas 20 (2003), 85-111.
  • "The balsam of Matariyya: An exploration of a Medieval panacea." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 66, no.2 (2003), 193-209.
  • "Fixtures and fittings: The role of decoration in Abbasid palace design." In C. Robinson, ed., A Medieval Islamic City reconsidered: An interdisciplinary Approach to Samarra, Oxford Studies in Islamic Art 14. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2001), 79-109.
  • "Balsam in the Mediaeval Mediterranean: A case study of information and commodity exchange." Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 14.1 (2001), 3-23.
  • "Pottery in written sources of the Ayyubid-Mamluk period (c.567-923/1171-1517)." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 62.3 (1999), 504-18.
  • CV 2010

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