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Sabbagh Lecture: “Oasis, Coast, and Mountain: Land/Waterscapes of Culture and History in the Arabian Gulf”
February 25 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm| Free
The public’s idea of the Arabian Peninsula might be that of an uninhabited (and inhospitable) desert but this obscures a more complex reality encompassing desert oasis, coastal port settlement, and terraced-mountain village. The Sabbagh Lecture will look at these zones as “land-water nexuses,” where humans have created distinctive land/waterscapes. How has land and water been managed in them historically? How is land and water being managed in them today? And what might we expect of their futures? The lecture will try to answer these questions by combining archaeology, history, and ethnography.
The 24th Annual Sabbagh Lecture will be given by Steven C. Caton, the Khaled bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. The lecture is presented by the UA School of Anthropology and is sponsored by Adib and Vivi Sabbagh. A free reception follows the lecture.