IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 709: Moving Knowledge

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Medieval Voyaging, Brepols Publishers
Organiser:Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Moderator/Chair:John Tolan, Département d'histoire, Université de Nantes
Paper 709-aIslam, Latin Christendom, and Intellectual Borrowing: Reconsidering George Makdisi's The Rise of Colleges and The Rise of Humanism
(Language: English)
Thomas E. Burman, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 709-bAmbivalence and Assimilation: Islamic Science and Philosophy in Roger Bacon's Opus Maius
(Language: English)
Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life, Science
Paper 709-cPhilology and Fundamentalism
(Language: English)
Karla Mallette, Department of French & Italian, Miami University, Ohio
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Italian, Mentalities
Abstract

Medieval writers often recounted intellectual history in terms of translatio studii, the movement of the treasure of knowledge from one culture to the next. This history often overlapped with the Orosian model of translatio imperii, where imperial power passed from one
civilization to another. This overlap presupposes an alignment of knowledge and power to be explored through Burman’s response to Makdisi’s account of how scholasticism and humanism moved from the Islamic world to Latin Christendom; in Clement’s work on the ordering principles found in the work of an 11th-century qadi; and Mallette’s talk on the fundamentalist properties of nationalist philology.