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

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

16. Conclusions: Islamicate Archaeology and its Counter-Narratives

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).
Philip Wood [+-]
Aga Khan University
Philip Wood is Associate Professor of History at Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. He completed his Oxford DPhil in 2007 with Professor Averil Cameron and has previously taught at Oxford, Cambridge and SOAS. He has published three books with OUP on late antique Syria and Iraq and is working on a fourth book on the early Abbasid Jazira (750-850), focussing on the works of the patriarch of Antioch, Dionysius of Tel-Mahre (818-45). He also publishes on contemporary issues of social integration and religious education.

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Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe responds to the wishes of specialists in the history and archaeology of Islamicate societies in Europe to explore the integration of these societies into historical narratives. In order to deal with the multiple implications and wide ramifications of the subject matter, the book offers a collection of papers that cover a broad range of topics, including historiography, gender and family studies, material culture, historical and contemporary identities, historical heritage management, and archaeological theory, while paying attention to the peculiarities of the record in European regions in which Islamicate societies have played a major historical role (and others in which this role may not be quite so obvious, such as Scandinavia). These wide-ranging subjects find their commonality in the book’s aim of challenging the dominant simplifying narratives and their stress on interruption and exception. The impact of historical narratives in national and social identities is reflected in a wide range of issues, including school curricula, heritage management, the organisation of academic departments, the presentation of Islamicate history and archaeology in the media and the politics of identity of majority and minority groups. The volume does not avoid these questions, but tackles them head-on, challenging the unwillingness of some academics to engage in potentially disruptive political issues.

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Duckworth, Chloë; Wood, Philip. 16. Conclusions: Islamicate Archaeology and its Counter-Narratives. 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=36085. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36085. Jan 2021

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