B.6. Bibliography:


This bibliography includes basically the sum total of works written on Nishapur and its pottery.


1.   Bulliet, R.W.
    "Medieval Nishapur: A Topographic and Demographic Reconstruction", Studia Iranica 5 (1976) 67-89
    Shelfmark: Bodstack: Per. Pers. d. 1834 (vol.1 ->)
    Comments: An interesting article, derived from his earlier publications on the demography of Nishapur, which are likewise based on text though this article relies as heavily on aerial photography. There is no basis in archaeology, apart from Bulliet’s personal surveys of the site which did not include any excavation. As with his other work, it is more suggestive than conclusive.
2.   Bulliet, R.W.
    "Pottery Styles and Social Status in Medieval Khurasan", in Knapp, A.B: Archaeology, Annales and Ethnohistory (Cambridge University Press, 1992) pp.74-82.
    Comments: Section B.4.b above discusses this article in detail: it is a must-read both for studies of the pottery assemblage from Nishapur and because of the way in which it seeks to apply theory to a particular case-study.
3.   Fitzherbert, Teresa
    Themes and Images on the Animate Buff Ware of Medieval Nishapur. University of Oxford, MPhil Thesis, 1983.
    Shelfmark: EAL: Bwn. Fit
    Comments: This study relies heavily on Wilkinson as it is based only on published sources and no actual first-hand study of the pots themselves, though this is a perennial problem with Nishapuri pottery. It collates all animate buff-ware vessels that have been published in museum catalogues and is therefore a useful supplement to Wilkinson. It is more up-to-date with some more recent bibliography. It is also beautifully written, in such a way that it brings the pottery to life and is very enjoyable to read!
4.   Morony, M.
    "Material Culture and Urban Identities: the evidence of pottery from the early Islamic period", together with "An archaeological response" by D. Whitcomb, in UCLA Near East Center Colloquium Series (1995)
    Comments: Asks questions that should be considered by anyone studying pottery, with reviews of sites around the Islamic world which have yielded interesting pottery assemblages, and how they have been studied. The Whitcomb article which follows it gives more of an archaeological slant.
5.   Wilkinson, C.K.
    Nishapur: The Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1973)
    Shelfmark: EAL: Bwn. Wil
    Comments: Any consideration of Nishapuri pottery must start here as this outlines the history of the site and the excavation, with a detailed and non-discriminating look at all the pottery types found at the city.
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