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Mark Gradoni "Conquest, Conversion, and Urban Morphology: the Evolution of Central Eurasian Cities during, and after, the Arab Conquest from a Macro-Archaeological Perspective (i.e. “Mark Plays with Shapes”)"

Wed, Apr 22, 12:00 pm
Ballantine Hall 004

Mark Gradoni, a M.A. student in the Department of Central Asia Studies, will be giving a talk entitled "Conquest, Conversion, and Urban Morphology: the Evolution of Central Eurasian Cities during, and after, the Arab Conquest from a Macro-Archaeological Perspective  (i.e. “Mark Plays with Shapes”)" on Wednesday, April 22nd at noon in Ballantine Hall 004.

"The discussion of the Arab Conquest of Central Asia is usually couched in narrative constructs that oversimplify the processes of conquest and conversion, while also stifling innovative approaches to understanding the changes taking place in the region during Late Antiquity and the Early Islamic period. I hope to reexamine this narrative, specifically the notions of urban revitalization and large-scale demographic change in the region of greater Khorasan in Late Antiquity and the early Islamic era, within the context of Central Asian urbanism. In this talk, I will discuss my research on the transitions that occurred in four major urban centers of Khorasan (Nishapur, Merv, Bukhara, and Herat) during this period, while positioning them within the evolutionary context of region’s rich urban history."

This is a talk in the Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks, designed to allow students to share their research, work, experiences and goals with their peers.