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Materials and Technologies in the Age of Transition: The Byzantine, Sasanian and Islamic Near East

29 June, 2019 01:18
Materials and Technologies in the Age of Transition: The Byzantine, Sasanian and Islamic Near East

Date: July 10-11, 2019

Venue: Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Organizers: Moujan Matin and Alain George

Between the late seventh century and the so-called Golden Age of Islam in the ninth to tenth centuries, the patronage of Islamic courts promoted the establishment of learned circles, observatories and semi-public libraries, the conduct of scientific research, and a translation movement from Greek and Sanskrit into Arabic.

Despite their crucial importance, these archaeological scientific projects tend to focus on only one type of material – e.g. metalwork, or pottery – and hence fail to provide a broader historical perspective on the development and spread of technologies and the cross-technology interactions.

This symposium will provide a rare occasion to bring together historians and researchers engaged in scientific study of different materials, and to help transform their respective outlooks on the Byzantine-Islamic transition in different artistic media. This one-and-a-half-day symposium will be divided into six sessions.

Supported by:

- The Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, University of Oxford
- Ancient World Research Cluster, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
- Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology
- Society for the History of Technology
- The British Institute of Persian Studies
- The Iran Heritage Foundation

For registration please visit: eventbrite.co.uk

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