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Hoffman, Eva and Redford, Scott (2017) 'Transculturation in the Eastern Mediterranean (1050-1250).' In: Flood, Finbarr Barry and Necipoğlu, Gülru, (eds.), A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture (2 vols). Oxford: Wiley, pp. 405-430.

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This chapter aims both to expand and to question traditional fixed categorizations of works of art and the medieval cultures around the central and eastern Mediterranean that produced them. Like the Serce Limani glassware, many works of art crossed political and religious boundaries between societies in which varieties of Christianity or Islam were dominant. The chapter then focuses on the model of transculturation, the ability of objects to share, or accrue, meanings across the cultural and confessional divide. The phenomenon of transculturation, however, is by no means exclusively modern but rather has existed throughout history and is manifest in a wide variety of medieval Islamic material culture. The chapter argues that peculiar historical, geographical, and cultural circumstances caused a surge in many different kinds of exchange within and across the realms of the court and commerce in the Mediterranean between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: eastern Mediterranean, Islamic art, medieval Islamic, material culture, religious identities, transculturation
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of the History of Art & Archaeology
ISBN: 9781119068662
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2018 12:38

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