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CFP: “Material culture in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf during the Late Antiquity and the Early Islamic period”

5th International Seminar of the Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula
Organized by the NCCAL & the CEFREPA
“Material culture in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf during the Late Antiquity and the Early Islamic period”

Material culture within the Arabian Peninsula is still a growing field of research, particularly regarding the study of the artefacts dated within the end of the Sassanian empire to the Abbasid caliphs. Since the 1960s and 1970s, archaeologists have proposed numerous hypotheses for a better understanding of the exchange networks, typologies of objects and their dating. If the economic contacts along the coastlines, between the Arabian world and India or East Africa are well documented, commercial roads in the Peninsula need to be precisely defined. Material productions, such as pottery, glass, stone, metalwork, shell-work or textile, which were produced and exchanged throughout the area, would benefit from new perspectives. Beyond
the typological works, new researches focuse on chemical characterisationand function with a developing interest for their context location in domestic habitats or other types of occupations. These approches provide in particular a better understanding of the daily life of the populations around the Peninsula. The accumulation of recent data, pooled by the numerous archaeological missions, on the fields or in laboratories, allows us to a further comprehension of material culture in Arabian Peninsula, for the Late Antiquity until the beginning of the Medieval period.
This international conference represents an opportunity for researchers, working in and around the Peninsula, to present or answer many pending issues.
Whether related to matters of typology, dating and provenance of artefacts or comparisons between the uses of materials in different archaeological sites.
This gathering will allow the discussion between specialists of the different types of objects but also to propose global syntheses on the material culture.
The first day, and the morning of the second day will be dedicated to the academic lectures at the National Library of Kuwait, a workshop will take place on the afternoon of the second day at the Cefrepa and dedicated to pottery studies. This workshop will be an opportunity to explore new study themes around the archaeological artefacts from the same period and to compare the different typological approaches. A time will be reserved on the third day for a visit of the different medieval archéological sites on the island of Failaka.

To participate in the 5th International Seminar of the Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula organized by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters of Kuwait and the French Research Center of the Arabian Peninsula, (October 2-4, 2022, Kuwait), please provide :
• Title of paper
• A 150/300-word abstract
• Name and academic affiliation of the presenter and co-authors
Email these elements with the phrase : “Material culture in the Arabian Peninsula” written in the subject line, at :
by June 15, 2022. Send any inquiries to the same address

New publication: Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe

Edited by David J. Govantes-Edwards

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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Hajar Archaeology

Ḥajar is a collective of archaeologists working in different parts of Islamic history and geography and on different topics. We search to celebrate and learn from the variety of approaches in our field by encouraging debate of selected topics between scholars with different backgrounds, and especially with researchers from disciplines outside the field. In the world post-pandemic, we believe that we can use our now wide experience with online conferencing to organise events where scholars from different parts of the world can connect and discuss.