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Arts and Archaeology of the Islamic World
By employing the innovative lenses of ‘thing theory’ and material culture studies, this collection brings together essays focused on the role played by Arabia’s things - from cultural objects to commodities to historical and ethnographic artifacts to imaginary things - in creating an Arabian identity over time. The Arabian identity that we convey here comprises both a fabulous Arabia that has haunted the European imagination for the past three hundred years and a real Arabia that has had its unique history, culture, and traditions outside the Orientalized narratives of the West. All Things Arabia aims to dispel existing stereotypes and to stimulate new thinking about an area whose patterns of trade and cosmopolitanism have pollinated the world with lasting myths, knowledge, and things of beauty.
Contributors include: Ileana Baird, Marie-Claire Bakker, Joseph Donica, Holly Edwards, Yannis Hadjinicolaou, Victoria Hightower, Jennie MacDonald, Kara McKeown, Rana Al-Ogayyel, Ceyda Oskay, Chrysavgi Papagianni, James Redman, Eran Segal, Hülya Yağcıoğlu, and William Gerard Zimmerle.
Book chapters written by Zayed University authors:
Introduction: Complex Legacies: Materiality, Memory, and Myth in the Arabian Peninsula
Author: Ileana Baird
Chapter 4: Circulating Things, Circulating Stereotypes: Representations of Arabia in Eighteenth-Century Imagination
Author: Ileana Baird
Chapter 10: Written in Silver: Protective Medallions from Inner Oman
Author: James Redman
Chapter 11: From Cradle to Grave: A Life Story in Jewelry
Authors: Marie-Claire Bakker and Kara McKeown
Chapter 12: Cine-Things: The Revival of the Emirati Past in Nojoom Alghanem’s Cinemascape
Author: Chrysavgi Papagianni
Afterword: All Things Collected
Author: Hülya Yağcıoğlu
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Baird, Ileana and Yağcıoğlu, Hülya, "All Things Arabia: Arabian Identity and Material Culture" (2021). All Works. 4257.
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