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

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

13. Muslim Bodies in the Russian Steppe

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

Irina Shingiray [+-]
Oxford University
Irina Shingiray is a research associate at Oxford University (United Kingdom), and a historical and anthropological archaeologist. Her main research interests include Western Eurasian nomadism, nomadic empires, and their relations with the sedentary world. Her particular focus is on the Khazar Empire of the second half of the first millennium CE. She conducts interdisciplinary research and fieldwork in the North-Eastern Caucasus region and examines the interplay between politics, religion, mobility, kinship, gender, and material culture.

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Islam arrived in the Caspian Steppe from the territories of the Caliphate in the 9th-10th centuries AD. Its influence and material culture have been found throughout Eastern Europe and even in Scandinavia. This cultural transmission of goods and people was often facilitated by the nomadic communities of the Eurasian Steppe, such as the Khazars, Oghuz, and Bulgars, who themselves began converting to Islam. ‘Nomadic Islam’, however, is generally poorly understood. This chapter demonstrates that archaeological research is in a unique position to provide evidence for the Islamisation of nomadic peoples and for the pluralistic practices that followed this process in the Caspian Steppe.

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Shingiray, Irina. 13. Muslim Bodies in the Russian Steppe. 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=36081. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36081. Sep 2020

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