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

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

15. To Have and to Hold: Museums and Islam in Western Europe

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

Virginie Rey [+-]
University of California, Los Angeles
Virginie Rey holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Melbourne. Her book, Mediating Museums (Brill 2019), explores the history of ethnographic museums in Tunisia, from colonial times to 2015. Her research interests include museum representations, heritage development, ethnography in the Middle East and Islamic museums in the global West. She currently holds a research affiliation with the department of anthropology at UCLA.

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Archaeology has always been an important component in the display of Islamic material culture. The majority of Islamic artworks in historical collections are from archaeological contexts, and the expanding field of Islamic archaeology is rapidly altering our understanding of Islamic material culture. This paper will provide a critical appraisal of the use of archaeology in displays of Islamic art across Europe, and look at the potential for archaeological objects and concepts to enhance Islamic displays in the future. In 2015, through a generous grant from the Peter Kirk Memorial Fund, I was able to travel across Europe and assess the use of archaeological objects and concepts in a number of museum collections. This research provided important case studies in the successful display of Islamic archaeology, and the benefits of including selective archaeological concepts in the broader display of Islamic material culture.

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Rey, Virginie. 15. To Have and to Hold: Museums and Islam in Western Europe. Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Nov 2021. ISBN 9781781797884. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36084. Date accessed: 05 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36084. Nov 2021

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