Donald Whitcomb

Research Associate (Associate Professor), Islamic Archaeology

Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1979.
Teaching at Chicago since 1977.

Special Interests

Islamic Archaeology, Urbanism and Urbanization, Interregional Trade, Egypt, Iran, Syria and Jordan.



  • Ayla: Art and Industry in the Islamic Port of Aqaba. Chicago, Oriental Institute Museum, 1994.
  • Aqaba -- "Port of Palestine on the China Sea." Amman, Al Kutba, 1988; reprint, Amman, Al Kutba Guidebooks to Jordan, 1988-89. (Arabic & French editions, with Rami Khouri).
  • Before the Roses and Nightingales: Excavations at Qasr-i Abu Nasr, Iran. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985.
  • Quseir al-Qadim 1980: Preliminary Report. Malibu, ARCE Reports, vol. 7, 1982. (with Janet H. Johnson)
  • Quseir al-Qadim 1978: Preliminary Report. Cairo, ARCE Reports, vol. 1, 1979. (with Janet H. Johnson)


  • Archaeological evidence of the early mosque in Arabia, Religious texts and material contexts. J. Neusner and J. F. Strange, eds. Lanham, MD, 2001. 185-97.
  • Umayyad and Abbasid periods, The Archaeology of Jordan. B. MacDonald et al., eds. Sheffield, 2001. 503-513.
  • Archaeological Research at Hadir Qinnasrin, 1998, Arch&eacuteologie Islamique 10 (2000), 7-28.
  • Hesban, Amman, and Abbasid Archaeology in Jordan, The Archaeology of Jordan and beyond: Essays in honor of James A. Sauer. L. E. Stager, J. A. Greene, and M. D. Coogan, eds. Winona Lake, IN, 2000. 505-515.
  • Sasanian or Islamic? Monuments and Criteria for Dating, The Iranian World: Essays on Iranian Art and Archaeology, presented to Ezat O. Negahban. A. Alizadeh et al., eds. Teheran, 1999. 210-219.
  • Out of Arabia: Early Islamic Aqaba in its regional context, Colloque international d'arch&eacuteologie islamique. R-P. Gayraud, ed. Cairo, IFAO, 1998. 403-418.
  • The Town and name of 'Aqaba: An Inquiry into the settlement history from an archaeological perspective, Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan. vol. 6. G. Bisheh et al., eds. Amman, 1997. 359-63.
  • Mamluk archaeological studies: A Review, Mamluk Studies Review 1 (1997), 97-106.
  • Quseir al-Qadim and the location of Myos Hormos, Topoi 6 (1996), 747-72.
  • Urbanism in Arabia, Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 7 (1996), 38-51.
  • Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt: Text and context in the Indian Ocean spice trade, al-'Usur al-Wusta 7 (1995), 25-27.
  • Islam and the socio-cultural transition of Palestine, early Islamic period (638-1099 C.E.), The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land. T. Levy, ed. London, Pinter, 1995. 488-501.
  • Amr in Syria? Syrian cities after the conquest, ARAM 6 (1994), 13-33.
  • The misr of Ayla: Settlement at al-'Aqaba in the early Islamic period, The Byzantine and early Islamic Near East, II: Land use and settlement patterns. G. King & A. Cameron, eds. Princeton, Darwin, 1994. 155-70.
  • Reassessing the Archaeology of Jordan of the Abbasid Period, Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan IV. S. Tell, ed. Amman, Department of Antiquities, 1992. 385-90.
  • Archaeology of the Abbasid period: The Example of Jordan, Arch&eacuteologie islamique 1 (1990), 75-85.
  • Islamic Archaeology in Aden and the Hadhramaut, Araby the Blest: Studies in Arabian Archaeology. D. T. Potts, ed. Copenhagen, Carsten Niehbuhr Institute 7, 1988. 176-263.
  • Khirbet al-Mafjar Reconsidered: The Ceramic Evidence, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 271 (1988), 51-67.
  • Islamic Archaeology at Susa, Pal&eacuteorient 11 (1985), 85-90.
  • The City of Istakhr and the Marvdasht Plain, Akten des VII. Internationaler Kongress f&uumlr Iranische Kunst und Arch&aumlologie. Berlin, AMI Erg&aumlnzungsband, 1979. 363-70.
  • The Archaeology of al-Hasa Oasis in the Islamic Period, Atlal, Journal of Saudi Arabian Studies 2 (1978), 95-113.
  • The Archaeology of Oman: A Preliminary Discussion of the Islamic Periods, Journal of Oman Studies 1 (1975), 123-157.