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

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

2. Fashionable Controversies: Cultural Heritage and the Other in Europe

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

Chloë N. Duckworth [+-]
Newcastle University
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Chloë N. Duckworth. Dr Chloe Duckworth is a lecturer in archaeological materials science at Newcastle University. She specialises in the archaeology of medieval technology, and the use of scientific analysis to address social questions in the archaeological record. Her current research focuses on technology transfer in the medieval period, and its relationship to socio-economic, religious and ethnic identity. She directs two major field projects in Spain: the Madinat al-Zahra Survey Project (Cordoba); and the Alhambra Royal Workshops Project (Granada).

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How do archaeologists deal with Islamicate cultural heritage in Europe, when the words ‘Islam’ and ‘Europe’ together hold such loaded connotations in contemporary discourse? The answer depends as always, on the context. In grant applications and book cover blurbs, it is de rigueur to stoke controversies, emphasising the current relevance, and risk, of our research. In the nitty gritty of academic writing, however, many shy away from these matters. Perhaps this helps to maintain historical objectivity through distance, or perhaps it simply serves to mask how embedded our research is in contemporary concerns. I argue that this pattern of ‘forgetting’ and ‘rediscovering’ Islamicate cultural heritage in Europe has a long, Orientalist pedigree; one that we must move away from, if we intend to develop a framework for interpreting Islamicate archaeology in its European and global medieval context.

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Duckworth, Chloë. 2. Fashionable Controversies: Cultural Heritage and the Other in Europe. Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jan 2021. ISBN 9781781797884. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36071. Date accessed: 21 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36071. Jan 2021

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