From Standing Stones to Open Mosques in the Negev Desert: The Archaeology of Religious Transformation on the Fringes

@article{Avni2007FromSS,
  title={From Standing Stones to Open Mosques in the Negev Desert: The Archaeology of Religious Transformation on the Fringes},
  author={G. Avni},
  journal={Near Eastern Archaeology},
  year={2007},
  volume={70},
  pages={124 - 138}
}
  • G. Avni
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • Near Eastern Archaeology
Contrary to received wisdom, which assumes a rapid penetration of formative Islam into southern Palestine, the archaeological evidence from the Negev points toward a much slower transformation from paganism and Christianity to Islam in the fringe areas in the turbulent period following the Islamc conquests. The pagan tradition of worshiping at standing stones that prevailed among the nomadic population of the Negev and Sinai from prehistoric times gradually transformed during the Early Islamic… Expand
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