This site is designed to provide a central location for resources on the material history of Early Islam and the Late Antique Near East.

It originates in the work of the project, Embedding Conquest: Naturalising Muslim Rule in the Early Islamic Empire (600-1000) (PI Petra Sijpesteijn) at Leiden University funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 683194. However, work done on the site is not limited to the scope of the project. Instead, it is conceived as a tool linking communities of scholars, and collaboration is welcomed.

We welcome collaboration. The site is updated by a team of editors and contributors who check and update content. If you are interested in getting involved, then send an email to Edmund Hayes with “Material Sources Website” in the subject line at: For any suggestions about additional material to include, then please contact the editors of the page in question, or Edmund Hayes.

For more free-flowing discussion, sharing of articles etc., there is also a humanities commons Discussion Group on Material Sources for Early Islam and the Late Antique Middle East  associated with this site.

Curators of the site include:

Archaeology: Hagit Nol

  • Pottery: Elizabeth Hicks
  • Arabian archaeology: Katarina Mokranova
  • Andalus archaeology: Mikel Herran
  • Central Asia: Said Reza Huseini

Coins, stamps, seals: Alon Dar

Documents: Eline Scheerlinck

Inscriptions: Edmund Hayes

Manuscripts: Noëmie Lucas

Quran: Marijn van Putten  and Cecilia Palombo


Thanks to the following contributors for supplying us with suggestions:

Fokolien Koostra

Joanita Vroom

Peter Webb