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Becoming Muslim: Cultural Change, Everyday Life and State Formation in early Islamic North Africa (600-1000)

Project description

Uncovering everyday life during the Islamic Golden Age

The Muslim conquests of North Africa in the 7th century had a fundamental impact on local communities, transforming urban landscapes, establishing a vast trading system and introducing new agricultural practices, technologies and cultural customs. However, existing knowledge reflects the experiences of rulers and the elite, overlooking those of the general population. The EU-funded EVERYDAYISLAM project will investigate the spread of Islamic ways of life in North Africa, focussing on the impact of Muslim rule on local populations, housing, agriculture and everyday practices. To achieve this, the project will rely on new excavation findings, advanced scientific analysis, legacy data sets and written sources. A comparative methodology will be used to study long-term changes in the central Medjerda valley in Tunisia, the fertile Sebou basin in the Idrisid state and the Saharan oasis belt of the Wadi Draa in Morocco.

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-STG
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Host institution

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 498 688

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 498 688
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments