Department of History of Art and Archaeology

Rosalind Wade Haddon

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Department of History of Art and Archaeology Research Associate
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Rosalind Wade Haddon is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, with a BA Hons in the art and archaeology of the Ancient Near East. She has been associated with SOAS since 1980, when she started post graduate studies in Epigraphic South Arabian and Arabic. Work and family life intervened, but in 1992 she completed an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University of Cairo and in 2012 a PhD in Islamic Art and Archaeology from SOAS. She has worked widely in the Middle East (Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Yemen – where she was employed as an adviser to the National Museum, Sanā‘ā for 5 years), participated in numerous conferences and contributed to various publications on Islamic ceramics. She is currently finishing a digitization project recording Herzfeld’s Samarra finds in the V&A and British Museum collections. She has been Hon. Secretary of the Islamic Art Circle at SOAS since 2003 and is an active member of the SOAS community.

Recent Publications

  • “More thoughts on Early Abbasid Lusterwares in the Egyptian Context,” in Jill Edwards, ed., Historians in Cairo: Essays in Honor of George Scanlon. Cairo: AUC Press, 2002: 1-16 (This was a paper given to the ICANAS conference held in Hong Kong in 1993, and a précis of AUC MA thesis).
  • “Two ceramic pieces from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco,” Muqarnas 21 (2004): 153-59.
  • “Pottery Appendix” in Peter Willey’s Eagle’s Nest: a History of Assassin Castles. IB Tauris, London 2005: 277-287.
  • “Comparisons with Golden Horde Kashi-ware, or Composite-bodied Wares, and Their Contemporaries in Ilkhanid Iran and Mamluk Syria/Egypt in the Light of Recent Research,” (forthcoming); paper given at the State Hermitage Museum’s Kazan Conference in May 2006.
  •  “What is Mamluk imitation Sultanabad?” Al-Rāfidān XXXII (2011): 276-293.
  • “Mongol Influences on Mamluk Ceramics in the Fourteenth Century,” in The Arts of the Mamluks in Egypt and Syria – Evolution and Impact, ed Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Bonn University Press 2012: 95-113.
  • “The Middle Islamic Finewares from the Syrian-German Excavations on the Aleppo Citadel,” in eds Roger Mathews and John Curtis, Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, 12 April – 16 April 2010, the British Museum and UCL, London, vol 2, Wiesbaden 2012: 675-690.
  • “Unravelling the enigmatic 14th century Mamluk and Mongol finewares: how to solve a problem,” in ed Margaret Graves, Islamic Art, Architecture and Material Culture: New Perspectives, BAR International Series 2436, Oxford 2012: 39-51.
  • “Golden Horde Kashi Wares in Collections outside the Ulus Jochi,”; paper given at SP Tolstov’s 100th anniversary conference in Nukus, Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, October 2007, in eds V.N. Yagodin and A. D. Iskanderova,  Приаралье на Перекрестке культур, Samarkand 2013: 129-34.
  • ‘What was cooking in Aleppo in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries?’, in ed. Susannah Gomez, Proceedings of the 10th International Congress on Medieval Pottery in the Mediterranean, Silves (Portugal), 22-27 October 2012, Mertola, 2016: 459-64.
  • ‘Trade and innovation seen through Mamluk, Ilkhanid and Golden Horde celadon wares’, in eds J.M. Rogers, A. Ohta & R. Wade Haddon, Art, Trade & Culture in the Islamic World and Beyond, London, 2016: 148-56.
  • ‘Samarra: a palatial city’, with V. Porter in V. Porter, L. Akbarnia, F. Suleman, W. Greenwood, Z. Klink-Hoppe and A. Mérat, The Islamic World: A History in Objects, London 2018: 80-81.
  • Commissioned in July 2013 to write the chapter on Mamluk pottery in the Nasser D Khalil collection, London, for the volume on Later Islamic Pottery, to be published in 2019.
  • Commissioned in March 2018 to write a section on Mesopotamian pottery by Thames & Hudson for a book on the Silk Road edited by Susan Whitfield, to be published in 2019.
  • Commissioned in March 2018 to write  the ‘Fustat archaeology’ entry for Encyclopaedia of Islam 3.

Research interests

Islamic art, archaeology and history in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Yemen; ceramics and their role as trade indicators.

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