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Muslim Influences in Post-Arab Malta: The Hal Millieri Church

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This chapter considers why the search for a building from the Arab period in Malta has to overcome considerable 'intangible' obstacles, and examines the multilayered Hal Millieri site and its monuments for its Arab past. The presence of the Muslim faith in Malta seems to have been extinguished by the beginning of the fourteenth century. An important archaeological site which shows Arab influence on the islands is Tas-Silg, in which it has been suggested that evidence for a mosque in Malta is to be found. Archaeological excavations of the remains of the former church have been shown that it predates the final departure of Muslims from Malta, or their mass conversion to Christianity. The Hal Millieri church is an important element that further enriches the history of the development of these Islands: their civilization, society, and architecture.

Keywords: Arab influence; Christianity; Hal Millieri church; Malta; mosque; Muslim faith; Tas-Silg



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