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

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

15. The Presentation of Islamicate Material Culture in European Museums

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

Benedict Leigh [+-]
British Museum
Benedict Leigh is an archaeologist and curator in the Middle East Department at the British Museum. Following an undergraduate degree in Archaeology at Durham University, Benedict completed his Masters in Arab and Islamic Archaeology at University College London - Qatar. He has excavated across the Middle East with a specific focus on Islamic period archaeology and the Archaeology of Arabia. Benedict has worked with various collections of Islamic art including the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, and the British Museum. In April 2015, Benedict was awarded a Peter Kirk Memorial Fund Grant to travel across Europe and conduct a systematic assessment of its diverse collections of Islamic Art.

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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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Leigh, Benedict. 15. The Presentation of Islamicate Material Culture in European Museums. 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=36084. Date accessed: 20 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36084. Jan 2021

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