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Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe

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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.

Published: Mar 1, 2020

Book Contributors


Section Chapter Authors
Foreword Bethany Walker
Background and Overview
1. Introduction David Govantes-Edwards, Chloë Duckworth
2. Fashionable Controversies: Cultural Heritage and the Other in Europe Chloë Duckworth
The Western Mediterranean
3. Politics and the History of al-Andalus David Govantes-Edwards
4. Gendered Pasts: Women in al-Andalus Nicola Clarke, Mikel Herrán
5. Islamicate Material Culture in Sicily Veronica Testolini, Peter Day
6. Muslim Potters in Christian-Ruled Valencia: the 20th Century Politics of Pottery Excavation, Collection and Display Anna McSweeney
7. The Nasrid Kingdom of Granada: The Last Islamicate Society in South-western Europe Alberto García Porras
8. Manurqa: Islamic Medieval Archaeology in the Balearic Island of Menorca, Spain: Is it condemned to damnatio memoriae? Amalia Perez-Juez, Elena Sintes
The Balkans
9. Islamic, or Ottoman Archaeology? Fahri Dikkaya
10. The Archaeology of Ottoman Greece John Bintliff
11. The Archaeology of the Stecak in Ottoman Bosnia Amila Buturovic
12. Islamicate Archaeology in Russia Vladimir Koval
13. Muslim Bodies in the Russian Steppe Irina Shingiray
14. The Volga Bulgaria Airat Sltdlkov
15. The Presentation of Islamicate Material Culture in European Museums Benedict Leigh
16. Conclusions: Islamicate Archaeology and its Counter-Narratives Chloë Duckworth, Philip Wood