The history of Islam and Christianity in the Arab-Persian Gulf was based mainly on written sources. However, archeaological discoveries have also offered many insights that attempt to define the religious landscape of the area from the 7th to the 9th century. It is not always possible to identify the faith of the inhabitants when excavating a settlement, and such identifications are only allowed with the discovery of structures such as place of worship or a burial area, or specific objects such as crosses for Christians, and possibly the study of dietary habits. But excavations help to reconsider the decline of Christianity, in particular at the monastery of al-Qusur on Failaka Island (Kuwait), and to better characterize the Christian and Muslim populations.
Dr. Julie Bonnéric is an associate researcher at CEFREPA-Kuwait. She is a specialist of Islamic archaeology with a specific emphasis on religious anthropology. She is currently the heaf of the French-Kuwait archaeological mission at Faylaka.
Dr. ‘Awad al-Assiri (Najran University) is a historian of jewish and christian communities in the Early Islamic Period and Southern Arabia (Najran).
The lecture will be held online in English via Zoom.
Sunday, 21 February 2021
4.00 PM (GMT +3:00) Kuwait