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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 117: Tension and Anxiety: The Coexistence between Different Religious Groups in Medieval Portugal

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Society for the Medieval Mediterranean
Organiser:François Soyer, School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide
Moderator/Chair:Dionisius A. Agius, Department of Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 117-aHate, Violence, and Conversion in Portuguese Medieval Muslim Communities
(Language: English)
Maria Filomena Lopes de Barros, Universidade de Évora
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Mentalities, Sermons and Preaching, Social History
Paper 117-bMuslim Funerals near Christian Churches: Feelings and Reasons for Moving the Muslim Minority Cemetery in Elvas, Southern Portugal
(Language: English)
Fernando Branco Correia, Departamento de História, Universidade de Évora
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 117-cWas there an Inquisition in Medieval Portugal?
(Language: English)
François Soyer, School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Sermons and Preaching

Within the general theme of IMC 2006, Emotion and Gesture, this session will examine various aspects of the tense coexistence between various religious groups in Medieval Portugal. This session will focus on specific problems (such as Christian attempts to displace the Muslim cemetery in the town of Elvas), as well as on more general issues such as the problem of violence and conversion of Muslims living in that realm. Finally, it will analyse the question of whether or not a branch of the Inquisition ever existed in 15th-century Portugal (well before before the 'Modern' Portuguese Inquisition was later set up in 1536). The themes of hate and alienation felt by the majority of Christians toward religious minorities will be examined in detail and analysed in these three papers.