The Last Civilized Place" Lecture by Dr. Ron Messier
Dr. Ronal Messier giving Islamic history and historical archaeology from 1972 to 2004 has held the lecture about Sijilmasa called in his book "The Last Civilized Place". And he gives many details about the importance of that Place in Modern history
Atlantic Institute (TN) cordially invites you to the lecture held by Dr. Ron Messier . The theme of this lecture is The Last Civilized Place
The program will feature keynote speaker: Dr. Ron Messier, the Emritus Professor of MTSU.
WHO IS DR. RON MESSIER?
|Description of the Talk: Israel, five to Spain, three to Syria and Jordan, three to Egypt, three to Tunisia, three to Turkey, one to Oman in the Persian Gulf, and two to Mali and Timbuktu. Sijilmasa, an African Eldorado of sorts, a legendary city of gold comparable to Timbuctu, is the subject of an illustrated lecture by historian and archaeologist Dr. Ronald Messier. He will take us on a virtual tour of the city convincing us that it was and is a real place. He will also describe the story of the “dig,” the 25 years of multidisciplinary research that allowed him and his co-author, James A. Miller, to know the full texture of this “Last Civilized Place.” Finally, he will argue for the importance of this work beyond the knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Their book, The Last Civilized Place: Sijilmasa and its Saharan Desitiny, University of Texas Press, 2015, won the 2016 L. Carl Brown Book Prize as the best book in North African Studies. Here is what a review in The Journal of Islamic Studies said about Dr. Messier’s work: “Fans of Sijilmasa rejoice. At last, an entire book devoted to that fabled city, a city which looms large in the historical imagination but whose physical reality has been until now, a challenge to understand…Messier and Miller present a multi-layered analysis of the city’s history, its foundation and expansion, the regimes that ruled it, its economy and trade, layout and architecture. The authors retain the well-known textual sources as foundations for their analyses but temper these with crucial physical evidence, sattlelite imagery, oral tradition and local knowledge. In doing that, they answer some big questions…” Eric Ross, Journal of Islamic Studies, August 2016.|
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|The event has passed successfull with the talk of Dr. Messier About his new book at MTSU lecture hall.|