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Book: Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe

Chapter: 1. Introduction

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.36070

Blurb:

Over the past few decades, traditional narratives of European history and archaeology have been called into question, and the traditional evolutionary picture of European civilisation is progressively being replaced by a more complex and nuanced approach to the past. Yet, the presence of Muslim-ruled societies in the European continent is still seen as an uncomfortable parenthesis; an interruption of ‘natural’ historical developments. The presence of Islamicate culture in Europe is often approached from a perspective that distinctly emphasises its ‘otherness’. The time is ripe for a reassessment of the role played by Islamicate societies in European history, and archaeology must assume a leading part in this process. In this introductory paper, we ask: what is the future of Islamicate archaeology in Europe, and what should our role be in shaping this?

Chapter Contributors

  • David Govantes-Edwards (dgovantes@gmail.com - dgovantes-edwards) 'Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal'