IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1503: Christian and Non-Christian Authorities, I: Texts and Conversion in Medieval Spain

Thursday 17 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Julia Hillner, Department of History, University of Manchester
Rosa Vidal Doval, Department of History, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Philip Stephen Alexander, Department of Religions & Theology, University of Manchester
Paper 1503-aRabbinic Tradition Interpreted by a Convert to Christian Philosophy: Petrus Alphonsi and his Dialogues
(Language: English)
Wolfram Drews, Franz Joseph Dölger-Institut zur Erforschung der Spätantike, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 1503-bIntellectual Symbiosis among Jews and Christians in the 12th Century: The Case of Abraham Ibn Da'ud
(Language: English)
Renate Smithuis, Department of Religions & Theology, University of Manchester
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 1503-cSetting the Boundaries of Christianity in 15th-Century Spain: Jewish and Muslim Traditions in Alonso de Espina's Fortalitium fidei
(Language: English)
Rosa Vidal Doval, Department of History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Abstract

In medieval Spain Christianity, Judaism, and Islam interacted at various social, religious and intellectual levels. The issue of conversion to the dominant religion, Christianity, presents a unique example of exchange of traditions between these groups. In this context the same authorities often were used to express different religious identities. This session will look at the points of view of a convert to Christianity, a Jew, and a Christian, as reflected in their apologetic writings.