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BORTOM PALATSEN : Islamisk arkeologi i Spanien

Svensson, Lena (2007)
Historical Archaeology
Abstract
This essay should be seen as a contribution to the study of the islamic cultural heritage. The aim of this particular study is to shed light on and give an overview of the islamic presence and its cultural manifestations in Spain during the medieval period, through archaeological remains and written sources, but also to put it in context with the archaeological research that has been conducted in the discipline, from before its establishment in the 19th century to our days.

The main issues addressed here are twofold: on one hand the author wants to investigate what, how and why, spanish research on the subject has been conducted the way it has. On the other hand the author wishes to ascertain how the rural and urban landscapes has... (More)
This essay should be seen as a contribution to the study of the islamic cultural heritage. The aim of this particular study is to shed light on and give an overview of the islamic presence and its cultural manifestations in Spain during the medieval period, through archaeological remains and written sources, but also to put it in context with the archaeological research that has been conducted in the discipline, from before its establishment in the 19th century to our days.

The main issues addressed here are twofold: on one hand the author wants to investigate what, how and why, spanish research on the subject has been conducted the way it has. On the other hand the author wishes to ascertain how the rural and urban landscapes has changed with the muslim invasion of the Iberian peninsula and why. Interwoven with this question the author also would like to establish if there are certain phenomenon that can be ascribed to the islamic faiths or cultures, regarding areas as: ecology, religion, society or economy and if there are analogies with other parts of the islamic world during this period of time.

Results of this study, has shown that islamic archaeological research and islamic studies in Spain has been a highly neglected area during most of its existence, due to different political agendas and also because of its close relationship with the history of art. Regarding specific islamic features, they are more easily recognised in the urban area, where analogies to the eastern islamic area can be drawn regarding the structure and structuring of the cities. When it comes to rural areas, there seem to be more of an adaption to phenomenon specific to the Iberian peninsula. For example there was as in other western countries during this period a tendency to build mountain castles surrounded by a number of villages, which many scholars has seen as a feudal phenomenon, rather than as a collective complex, held by segmentary arab and berber tribes. Which theory is true, is difficult to ascertain, but analogies elsewhere in the arab world. At least it has not been found during in the literature of his study. There seem to be some coherence between other factors in al-Andalus and North Africa as ceramic, house types and irrigation systems, mainly because of the berber influence. Although there are proof, mostly written sources, which suggests that irrigation systems in al-Andalus and the eastern islamic areas were indeed very much alike. (Less)
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author
Svensson, Lena
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
irrigation, hisn/qarya, urban, rural, berber, al-Andalus, arab, Medeltidens historia, Medieval history
language
Swedish
id
1320946
date added to LUP
2007-05-29 00:00:00
date last changed
2014-03-19 08:01:04
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  abstract     = {This essay should be seen as a contribution to the study of the islamic cultural heritage. The aim of this particular study is to shed light on and give an overview of the islamic presence and its cultural manifestations in Spain during the medieval period, through archaeological remains and written sources, but also to put it in context with the archaeological research that has been conducted in the discipline, from before its establishment in the 19th century to our days.

The main issues addressed here are twofold: on one hand the author wants to investigate what, how and why, spanish research on the subject has been conducted the way it has. On the other hand the author wishes to ascertain how the rural and urban landscapes has changed with the muslim invasion of the Iberian peninsula and why. Interwoven with this question the author also would like to establish if there are certain phenomenon that can be ascribed to the islamic faiths or cultures, regarding areas as: ecology, religion, society or economy and if there are analogies with other parts of the islamic world during this period of time.

Results of this study, has shown that islamic archaeological research and islamic studies in Spain has been a highly neglected area during most of its existence, due to different political agendas and also because of its close relationship with the history of art. Regarding specific islamic features, they are more easily recognised in the urban area, where analogies to the eastern islamic area can be drawn regarding the structure and structuring of the cities. When it comes to rural areas, there seem to be more of an adaption to phenomenon specific to the Iberian peninsula. For example there was as in other western countries during this period a tendency to build mountain castles surrounded by a number of villages, which many scholars has seen as a feudal phenomenon, rather than as a collective complex, held by segmentary arab and berber tribes. Which theory is true, is difficult to ascertain, but analogies elsewhere in the arab world. At least it has not been found during in the literature of his study. There seem to be some coherence between other factors in al-Andalus and North Africa as ceramic, house types and irrigation systems, mainly because of the berber influence. Although there are proof, mostly written sources, which suggests that irrigation systems in al-Andalus and the eastern islamic areas were indeed very much alike.},
  author       = {Svensson, Lena},
  keyword      = {irrigation,hisn/qarya,urban,rural,berber,al-Andalus,arab,Medeltidens historia,Medieval history},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {BORTOM PALATSEN : Islamisk arkeologi i Spanien},
  year         = {2007},
}