This volume represents a selection of papers presented at the 2013 Edinburgh Seventh Century Colloquium, showcasing the latest scholarship from a rising generation of academics. The volume traverses the globe from Iran to the Atlantic and from Sweden to the Sahara and ranges from the establishment of the early Islamic state to the beginnings of English Christianity. Topics include the transmission of high culture across time, settlement patterns in a rapidly changing world and the formation of new and emerging identities. The essays also bring into dialogue a wide range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives, including archaeology, literature, history, art, papyrology and economics. Together, they generate valuable new insights into the still uncharted territories of the long seventh century.
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Alessandro Gnasso is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Edinburgh, conducting research on the manuscript transmission of Merovingian historiography.
Emanuele E. Intagliata is a doctoral candidate in archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, undertaking a dissertation on the city of Palmyra in the Late Antique and Umayyad periods.
Thomas J. MacMaster is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Edinburgh, working on the slave trade in the long seventh century.
Bethan N. Morris works for the National Trust for Scotland and also tutors in Celtic studies and medieval Scottish history at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on early medieval ethnic identity in Northern Britain, warfare and the negotiation of peace treaties, and the beginning of literacy and its impact in Scotland.