Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities


Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities


Edited By Katarzyna Puzon, Sharon Macdonald, Mirjam Shatanawi

Publisher: Routledge (June 22, 2021)

Available on Taylor & Francis eBooks – Free

Islam and Heritage in Europe provides a critical investigation of the role of Islam in Europe’s heritage. Focusing on Islam, heritage and Europe, it seeks to productively trouble all of these terms and throw new light on the relationships between them in various urban, national and transnational contexts.

Bringing together international scholars from a range of disciplines, this collection examines heritage-making and Islam in the context of current events in Europe, as well as analyzing past developments and future possibilities. Presenting work based on ethnographic, historical and archival research, chapters are concerned with questions of diversity, mobility, decolonization, translocality, restitution and belonging. By looking at diverse trajectories of people and things, this volume encompasses multiple perspectives on the relationship between Islam and heritage in Europe, including the ways in which it has played out and transformed against the backdrop of the ‘refugee crisis’ and other recent developments, such as debates on decolonizing museums or the resurgence of nationalist sentiments.

Table of Contents

– Heritage, Islam, Europe: Entanglements and Directions. An Introduction
Mirjam Shatanawi, Sharon Macdonald and Katarzyna Puzon

• Part I. Embodied Heritage and Belonging

– From Postcoloniality to Decoloniality, From Heritage to Perpetuation: the Islamic at the Museum
Wendy Shaw

– Cemetery Poetics: The Sonic Life of Cemeteries in Muslim Europe
Peter McMurray

– Germans without Footnotes: Islam, Belonging and Poetry Slam
Katarzyna Puzon

– The Here and Now and the Hereafter: Engaging with Fragrant Realities in Muslim-minority Russia
Jesko Schmoller

• Part II. The Nation-State and Identity Formations

– Reviving al-Andalus: Commemorating Spain’s Islamic Heritage in the Context of Democratic Transition
Avi Astor

– Museum Islamania in France: Islamic Art as a Political and Social Scene
Diletta Guidi

– The Materialities and Legalities of Forgetting: Dispossession and the Making of Turkey’s (Post-) Ottoman Heritage
Banu Karaca

• Part III. Categories, Connections and Contemporary Challenges

– Museum Narratives of Islam between Art, Archaeology and Ethnology: A Structural Injustice Approach
Mirjam Shatanawi

– Connecting the Ancient and the Modern Middle East in Museums and Public Space
Mirjam Brusius

– Re-framing Islam? Potentials and Challenges of Participatory Initiatives in Museums and Heritage
Sharon Macdonald, Christine Gerbich, Rikke Gram, Katarzyna Puzon and Mirjam Shatanawi


• Katarzyna Puzon is an anthropologist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

• Sharon Macdonald is Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Social Anthropology in the Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where she founded and directs CARMAH – the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage.

• Mirjam Shatanawi is Research Fellow at the National Museum of World Cultures and Lecturer in Heritage Theory at the Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam.

Source: Taylor & Francis Group

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