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Cities and Urbanization in West Asia and North Africa

Editors: Shigeo Yamada Mirko Novak Ross Burns
Publishing Manager: Rosie Bonté

Method of peer review
single-blind undertaken by (a) specialist member(s) of the Board or (an) external specialist(s)

City, Urban culture, Urbanization, West Asia, North Africa, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Islamic cities, Archaeology, History, City Planning

Accepted Language(s):

Accepts Contributions in Open Access


This peer-reviewed book series will consist of monographs and collected volumes dealing with the cities and urbanization in West Asia (Near-Middle East) and its surroundings from ancient times to the modern age. Urbanized society emerged for the first time in human history in ancient West Asia and formed a social structure in which the characteristics of each region were determined and centered on a city. The remains of the cities of West Asia provide voluminous data about the birth of urban culture and its transformation during ancient times, in the form of abundant archeological records and numerous cuneiform texts written on clay tablets. Thus, West Asia represents the cradle of civilization and the origin of the urban culture now prevailing all over the world. The tradition of West Asian cities continued, and transformed the region through its emergence in the earliest ancient times down to the Hellenistic-Roman, Byzantine, and Sasanian periods, Muslim era, and finally, the modern day. This series will encourage publications of innovative studies of the cities, city landscape, urban culture, and city environments in West Asia and its surroundings throughout the ages. It may embrace various research fields, including archaeology, philology, history, anthropology, sociology, city planning, architecture, geology, and geography. Thus, the series provides a platform with broad-ranging perspectives opened for forward-looking publications concerning cities in the region. This broadly inclusive format may help to overcome the chronologic separations of conventional periodizations and create bridges between different research disciplines.


    Editorial Board:
    Yutaka Miyake (University of Tsukuba, Archaeology)
    Jason Ur (Harvard University, Archaeology)
    Shigeo Yamada (University of Tsukuba, Assyriology, History of ANE)
    Daisuke Shibata (University of Tsukuba, Assyriology)
    Gina Konstantopoulos (UCLA, Assyriology)
    Nozomu Kawai (Kanazawa University, Egyptology)
    Tomoko Morikawa (University of Tokyo, the Medieval and Modern History of Middle East)
    Kosuke Matsubara (University of Tsukuba, City Planning, Architecture)


    Main Language: English

    Single-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts od interest. The definitve texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication.

    Author guidelines in English can be found at: