First Ḥajar Online Workshop, 29 OCTOBER 2021

Muslim and non-Muslim identities through
material culture in the medieval Islamic world

Friday, 29th of October 2021
15:45 – 19:00 UTC+2 (Paris/Brussels time)

Chairs: Sterenn Le Maguer-Gillon (Institut Catholique de Paris) and José C. Carvajal López (University of Leicester)

First Part (speakers: 25 min each)

Marcos García-García (University of York): Eat not its flesh: food and Islamic identity during the emergence of al-Andalus (8th-11th c.)
Atiyeh Taghiei (University of California): Porous boundaries and unexpected practice: aninterdisciplinary lens on identity in early Islamic Iran
Robert Carter (Bahrain Authority for  Culture and Antiquities): Material culture, identity and faith at the Christian sites of the Arabian Gulf region (ca. 6th-9th centuries AD)

Question session (15 minutes)

Break (15 minutes)

Second Part (discussants: 25 min each)

Uriel Simonsohn, University of Haifa
Delphine Ortis, ceias-EHESS/INALCO

Open debate (30 minutes)
Public invited to participate

Free registration at
A link will be sent in due course
Deadline: 26th of October 2021

Poster: workshop_2

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.