Online Lecture - "Ablution Rooms of Mosques in Medieval Near East", by Marie-Odile Rousset (CNRS UMR 5133 Archéorient)
May, 20th (3h-4h PM CET, 4h-5h PM in Amman & Beirut)
Join next conference of Ifpo's webinar "ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA FROM LATE ANTIQUITY TO THE OTTOMAN PERIOD. FIRST SERIES: LEBANON AND JORDAN"
Ablution rooms have so far rarely attracted the attention of archaeologists and architectural historians. Annexes to the religious building itself, tainted by a certain taboo, sometimes misinterpreted, these constructions are also difficult to approach because they have been and are – in the case of buildings still in use – the object of numerous repairs or reconstructions. To contribute to the study of these facilities, the case of Tyre will be considered in relation to other examples from the medieval Middle East.
Marie-Odile Rousset is archaeologist, chargée de recherche at the CNRS, at the Archéorient laboratory of the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée in Lyons (France). She is a specialist in medieval Middle Eastern pottery and is also involved in the study of urbanism in the early Islamic period and rural settlement in central Syria. She has worked in many countries in the region: Iraq, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt. Her doctorate was based on archaeological data from the excavations of the city of Rahba Mayadin, in the Euphrates valley: her study of the pottery from the Abbasid to the Mamluk period has been available online since 2008. The core of her research is in Syria, where she has been directing archaeological work at al-Hadir and Qinnasrin, near Aleppo, since 2003. The first volume, on the excavations at al-Hadir was published in 2012 and the second, on Qinnasrin will published before the end of this year. She is also responsible for the publication of the Arid Margins of Northern Syria survey, which studies the evolution of settlement in an arid area from the Neolithic until the modern era: she has co-edited 2 volumes, in 2010 and 2016. She is director of various other projects, from field achaeology (now in Iraqi Kurdistan) to digital humanities.