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***cancelled***
Archaeological Institute of America Hanfmann Lecture
A. Asa Eger, University of North Carolina Greensboro
"The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange Among Muslim and Christian Communities"
Thursday, April 9, 5:30pm
Campbell 160

The retreat of the Byzantine army from Syria in around 650 CE, in advance of the approaching Arab armies, is one that has resounded emphatically in the works of both Islamic and Christian writers, and created an enduring motif: that of the Islamic-Byzantine frontier. For centuries, Byzantine and Islamic scholars have evocatively sketched a contested border: the annual raids between the two, the line of fortified fortresses defending Islamic lands, the no-man's land in between and the birth of jihad. In their early representations of a Muslim-Christian encounter, accounts of the Islamic-Byzantine frontier are charged with significance for a future 'clash of civilizations' that often envisions a polarized world. I examine the two aspects of this frontier: its physical and ideological ones. By highlighting the archaeological study of the real and material frontier, as well as acknowledging its ideological military and religious implications, he offers a more complex vision of this dividing line than has been traditionally disseminated. With analysis grounded in archaeological evidence as well the relevant historical texts, Eger brings together a nuanced exploration of this vital element of medieval history.





***cancelled***
Lowe Undergraduate Lecture
Amy Cohen, Randolph College
Monday, April 13 
Details TBA



***cancelled***
Carole Newlands, University of Colorado
Wednesday, April 15 
Details TBA