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

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

9. Islamic, or Ottoman Archaeology?

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

Fahri Dikkaya [+-]
TED University, Turkey
Fahri Dikkaya is a lecturer at TED University (Turkey). His research subjects include late medieval Anatolia and the foundation of the Ottoman Empire, historical archaeology, Ottoman archaeology and archaeological theory, on which he has published and read papers and international journals, books and conferences. Notably, he has focused much recent research in the archaeology of Ottoman ceramics in the Balkan peninsula and the imbrication of Ottoman archaeology in south-eastern European historical narratives.

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Islamicate archaeology investigates Islamicate societies and their material culture. However, how can non-Muslim members of society be identified by what we used to call Islamic archaeology? In this context, how can we define the archaeology of multi-national and multi-religious Empires ruled by Muslims, such as the Ottoman Empire? The population in the European part of the Empire was predominantly Christian. Should the archaeology of a non-Muslim village dated to the Ottoman period be identified as Islamic archaeology because of their rulers? Islamic archaeology is a product of Orientalism, a Western creation based on ‘a religious phenomenon’. This paper aims to discuss Ottoman archaeology in Europe and its problematic identification within Islamic archaeology.

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Dikkaya, Fahri. 9. Islamic, or Ottoman Archaeology?. Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2020. ISBN 9781781797884. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36077. Date accessed: 21 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36077. Sep 2020

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