Speaker: Dr. Marcus Milwright, Scholar-in-Residence
When: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Where: Shangri La

The city of Damascus has long been famous for the quality of its manufacturing crafts. Enameled glass, glazed ceramics, inlaid metalwork, textiles and woodwork are among the crafts that flourished in the city from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. This talk examines the working practices and products of Syrian craftsmen during a time of profound economic and political change.

Dr. Marcus Milwright is Director of the Program for Medieval Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the Department of History in Art, University of Victoria, Canada in. His research focuses upon the archaeology of the Islamic period, the art and architecture of the Islamic Middle East, craft practices in Late Ottoman Syria, and the architecture and civil engineering of southern Greece during the Ottoman sultanate. He is the author of two books: An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology, The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys (Edinburgh University Press, 2010); and The Fortress of the Raven: Karak in the Middle Islamic Period (1100-1600), Islamic History and Civilization, Studies and Texts 72 (Brill, 2008). Milwright is a scholar in residence at Shangri La from April 16- May 4, 2012.

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