Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

1. Introduction

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

David Govantes-Edwards [+-]
Newcastle University
David Govantes-Edwards is a Research Associate at Newcastle University (UK). He specialises in the archaeology of technology and the production, distribution and consumption of glass and glazed ceramics in medieval Spain, where he worked for over a decade as a commercial archaeologist. He coordinates several international fieldwork projects in Madīnat al-Zahrā (Córdoba, Spain, UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Alhambra (Granada, Spain, UNESCO World Heritage Site), Bolgar (Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Reccopolis (Guadalajara, Spain), as well as taking part in other highprofile research projects as consultant and specialist.

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Over the past few decades, traditional narratives of European history and archaeology have been called into question, and the traditional evolutionary picture of European civilisation is progressively being replaced by a more complex and nuanced approach to the past. Yet, the presence of Muslim-ruled societies in the European continent is still seen as an uncomfortable parenthesis; an interruption of ‘natural’ historical developments. The presence of Islamicate culture in Europe is often approached from a perspective that distinctly emphasises its ‘otherness’. The time is ripe for a reassessment of the role played by Islamicate societies in European history, and archaeology must assume a leading part in this process. In this introductory paper, we ask: what is the future of Islamicate archaeology in Europe, and what should our role be in shaping this?

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Govantes-Edwards, David. 1. Introduction. Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jan 2022. ISBN 9781781797884. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36070. Date accessed: 22 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36070. Jan 2022

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