The work of collating this bibliography began in the early 1990s and has been ordered through use of a dynamic taxonomy that has expanded in all directions. Cemetery studies provokes vibrant and intriguing debate across social sciences, humanities and – increasingly – the sciences too. 

The bibliography covers all aspects of disposing the dead and includes scholarship from around the world and in various languages. All entries are currently available via search in standard scholarly archives or on the web more generally.

Author names have been simplified to a single initial, but entries are otherwise complete.

On the theme of cemetery studies specifically, progress is indicated by two articles written in 1998 and 2022:

Rugg, J. (1998) ‘“A few remarks on modern sepulture”: current trends and new directions in cemetery research’, Mortality, 3:2, 111-28. 

Rugg, J. (2022) ‘Further remarks on modern sepulture: twenty years of cemetery studies and eight core questions defining cemetery research’, Eastern and Northern European Journal of Death Studies, 16-46.  

This last article is available to download.  

The task of collation is ongoing, and the bibliography will be refreshed annually. The last update took place in February 2024.

Abel, E., Kruger, M. & Abel, J. 2008

‘Beth el: Michigan’s oldest Jewish cemetery’, Markers, 25, 67-93.

Aboltins, A. 1995

‘National Warrior’s Cemetery and the war cemeteries in Latvia – report’, in O. Czerner & I. Juszkiewicz (eds) Cemetery Art, ICOMOS: Wrocław: ICOMOS, 181-190.

Abramovitch, H. 2014

‘More dry bones. the significance of changes in mortuary ritual in contemporary Israel’ in F. Markowitz, S. Sharot & M. Shokeid (eds) Toward an Anthropology of Nation Building and Unbuilding in Israel, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 229-242.

Abu-Rabia, A. & Khalil, N. 2012

‘Mourning Palestine: death and grief rituals’, Anthropology of the Middle East, 7:2, 1-18.

Achawangkul, Y., Naoki, M., Masafumi, H. & 3 others 2016

‘Evaluation on environmental impact from the utilization of fossil fuel, electricity and biomass producer gas in the double-chambered crematories’, Journal of Cleaner Production, 134, 463-468.

Adeboye, O. 2016

‘Home burials, church graveyards and public cemeteries: transformations in Ibadan mortuary practice, 1853-1960’, Journal of Traditions and Beliefs, 2:13, 1-13.

Adeforiti, R. 2023

‘Public health implications of government negligence in human corpse management in South-West of Nigeria’, Pan-African Journal of Governance and Development, 4:1, 165-188.

Afiouni, N. 2019

‘Transformations des lieux d’inhumation des musulmans dans le Grand Londres’, Revue des Mondes Musulmans et de la Médeterranée, 146, 139-154.

Afiouni, N. 2018

‘La gestion du pluralism funéraire en France et en Grande-Bretagne. Les enjeux politiques, législatifs et identitaires, Diversité Urbaine, 18, 31-45.

Afiouni, N. 2012

‘Les carrés musulmans à Southampton et au Havre : témoignages des politiques Française et Britannique de la gestion de la pluralité’, Observatoir de la Société Britannique, 13 : 83-100.

Afiouni, N. 2014

‘The death of Muslim immigrants in Britain and France’, in R. Garbaye & P Schnapper (eds) The Politics of Ethnic Diversity in the British Isles, Palgrave Macmillan, 74-89.

Afla, M. 2012

‘Susinability of urban cemeteries and the transformation of Malay burial practices in Kuala Lumpur metropolitan region’, World Academy of Science, Teaching and Technology, 71: 808-829.

Afla, M. 2019

‘Spatial planning of Muslim cemeteries: a focus on sustainable design practice’, ICRP 2019, 4th International Conference, European Proceedings of Multi-Disciplinary Studies, 144-159.

Afla, M. 2020

‘The Muslim grave redefined: a review of the burial practices of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta’, Current Politics and Economics of South, Southeastern, and Central Asia, 29:1, 27-49.

Agosta, L. 1983

‘Speaking stones: New England grave carving and the emblematic tradition’, Markers 3, 47–70.

Ahaddour, C. & Broeckaert, B. 2017

‘Muslim burial practices and Belgian legislation and regulations: a comparative literature review’, Mortality: 22, 4, 356-73.

Ahmed, N. 2016

‘Making a good death: Muslim burial sites and practices in Britain from 1800 to the present’ in J. Garnett & A. Harris (eds) Rescripting Religion in the City. Migration and Religious Identity in the Modern Metropolis, London: Routledge, 103-114.

Ajewole, O., Olajuyigbe, S. & Hassan, A. 2015

‘Potentials of cemeteries as urban green conservation areas in Ibadan metropolis’, Nigerian Journal of Forestry, 45:1, 48-59.

Åkesson, L. 1996

The message of dead bodies’ in S. Lundin and L. Åkesson (eds) Body Time. On the Interaction of Body, Identity and Society, Lund: Lund University Press.

Akkaymak G. & Belkhodja C. 2020

‘Does place matter? Burial decisions of Muslims in Canada’, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 49:3, 372-388.
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