Session: #85

Theme & Session Format

1. Widening horizons through human-environment interconnections
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Islamic Archaeology in Europe and Beyond: Widening Horizons, Blurring Boundaries. Part 1
The main focus of the previous EAA sessions dedicated to the Islamic or Islamicate Archaeology in Europe was on the significance and the reassessment of Islamic pasts and their heritage in Europe. The major benefit of these meetings was the sharing of diverse experiences by archaeologists from different countries who work on a wide range of sites, locations, approaches to, and varieties of material culture pertaining to the Islamic past in Europe. At the same time, we have realized that keeping the scope within geographic Europe posed numerous limitations. The 2021 session seeks to widen the horizons and blur the boundaries of Islamic Archaeology in Europe by looking at the interconnections between past Islamic communities of Europe, and beyond, with other Muslim groups and centers, as well as with non-Muslim communities with whom they interacted, exchanged, and cohabitated. We invite papers that examine local, regional, and trans-regional Islamic cultures and connections archaeologically by placing them into the context of the Islamic globalization process of the past. We aim for a diverse scope of approaches, methods, and case studies that explore such interconnections in the world of Islam among urban, rural, and nomadic groups, and demonstrate how local and distant cultures, currents, and materials became assembled (and reassembled), entangled, appropriated, acculturated, and transformed through the networks of the wider Islamic world in the past.
Islamic Archaeology, World of Islam, Europe, non-European societies, transregional networks, cultural interconnectivity
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Main organiser:
Irina Shingiray (United Kingdom) 1
Vladimir Koval (Russia) 2
Leonid Belyaev (Russia) 2
David Govantes-Edwards (United Kingdom) 3
Jose Carvajal Lopez (United Kingdom) 4
1. University of Oxford
2. Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
3. Newcastle University
4. University of Leicester