Islam & the Early History of the Islamic Caliphate with Matteo Gabbrielli - Context Travel

Islam & the Early History of the Islamic Caliphate with Matteo Gabbrielli

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This conversation is a general introduction to the first centuries of the Islamic Caliphate, from its creation to the Crusades' Era. Given the vastness of the theme, the conversation will discuss the Arabic Middle East as a geographical limit and the Middle Ages as a chronological limit.

“A wonderful presentation -- extremely well-done, well-paced, and filled with historical tidbits that I hadn't known.”

The focus of this conversation is Islam, analized from a historic perspective and described in its first centuries of existance. The sequence of slides will include a mix of maps, to provide a geographical context to the events, and photos of architectures and art objects, in order to display the achievements of each dynasty presented in the seminar.

“Great presentation and very impressed by his knowledge.”

After a short discussion of the meaning of the word Islam, the first section will focus on the origins of this religion. The early life and the preaching of the prophet Muhammad will be presented throught the pages of a 16th century Turkish manuscript; then Muhammad's successors, the "Rashidun", will be presented in a chronological order. The second section of the conversation will discuss the stabilization of the caliphate under the Umayyads, settled in Damascus, and the Abbasids who built the new capitals of Baghdad and Samarra. The third section will take us to Cairo in order to understand the sequence of Islamic dynasties that ruled Egypt and shaped its amazing capital city.

Led by an expert on Islamic Archaeology, Matteo Gabbrielli, this interactive seminar will provide a general introduction to the first centuries of the Islamic Caliphate. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased desire to know more about Islamic history and culture.

Originally from Venetian mainland, Matteo has lived in different countries, which sparked his interest in art history and archaeology. He holds a B.A. in Cultural Heritage Preservation and an M.A. in Archaeology from the University Ca' Foscari, Venezia. He specialized in Islamic Archaeology with a thesis on Medieval Egyptian ceramics, focusing on the sherds found at the Italian & Egyptian Center for Restoration and Archaeology (CIERA) in Cairo. Matteo chose to specialize in Islamic Archaeology, due to his personal passion and curiosity for the Islamic World: this particular interest was developed after several travels and stays in different Middle Eastern countries. He works as a freelance archaeologist following projects in different locations of the Veneto and also teaches history courses in local schools. In addition, he continues a close collaboration with the CIERA where he is involved in leading archaeological excavations.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.