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Special Lecture: Pastoral Nomads

by klarich — last modified March 19, 2009 01:18 PM

Archaeology at Lunch

What Special Lecture
When March 30, 2009
from 12:00 pm to 12:00 pm
Where Cotsen Seminar Room (Fowler A222)
Contact Name Ran Boytner
Contact Email
Contact Phone (310) 825-3050
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PASTORAL NOMADS AND THE COMING OF ISLAM – A VIEW FROM THE NEGEV PERIPHERY

 

Dr. Gideon Avni, Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


The coming of Islam is described in historical sources as a short term, dramatic and sometimes violent event in which the Muslim nomads emerged from central Arabia and stormed the Near East within a decade. The archaeological evidence from the Negev suggests a different scenario, pointing at long term interactions between pastoralists, farmers and town dwellers living on the fringes of the settled Mediterranean society. The cultural and religious transformation from Christianity and Paganism to formative Islam was not a sharp one, but rather a slow process that lasted almost four hundred years.  Based on three decades of archaeological fieldwork in the Negev, the lecture evaluates various patterns of transformation of pastoral nomads on the periphery of the urban communities of the Negev, and suggests new interpretations for the transition from Byzantium to Islam.   

Pizza and Refreshments will be provided.

 

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