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Bilet and the wider world. New insights into the archaeology of Islam in Tigray

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Recent survey and excavation have found substantial evidence for medieval Muslim communities in Eastern Tigray. Although settlement of Muslims nearby modern Kwiha was previously known based on epigraphic evidence, its exact location remained unnoticed. Fieldwork with the support of the ERC project HornEast resulted in the identification of the site of Bilet and in the first excavation of a medieval Muslim cemetery on the Ethiopian highlands, along with the survey of several other Muslim cemeteries in the area. New evidence is highlighting the flourishing of Muslim communities, connected with the wider Islamicate world, at the very heart of the Zagwe Christian kingdom. These Muslim communities developed from both foreign and local populations and were well connected with the wider Islamicate world.
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halshs-03086740 , version 1 (17-10-2022)

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Julien Loiseau, Simon Dorso, Yves Gleize, David Ollivier, Deresse Ayenachew, et al.. Bilet and the wider world. New insights into the archaeology of Islam in Tigray. Antiquity, 2021, 95 (380), pp.508-529. ⟨10.15184/aqy.2020.163⟩. ⟨halshs-03086740⟩
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