Oliver Watson

I M Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture

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Professor Oliver Watson is primarily interested in Islamic objects, and how their histories relate to wider social, economic and political history. He concentrates on ceramics and am currently working on the development of glazed pottery in the early Islamic period, and on the finds from a major medieval production site at Raqqa in northern Syria. Other interests include the history of collecting, fakes and forgeries, and the challenge of museum presentation.