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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 210: Political Culture in the Latin West, Byzantine, and Islamic Spheres: Righteous Peoples and Errant Outsiders, II

Monday 13 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for the Medieval Mediterranean
Organiser:Jonathan Shepard, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Jo Van Steenbergen, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Universiteit Gent
Paper 210-aOrthodoxy and Religious Otherness in the Byzantine Discourse on the Seljuks during the 11th and 12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Alexander Beihammer, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 210-bCaliphal Conclaves in 12th-Century Baghdad and the Quest for Orthodoxy
(Language: English)
Eric J. Hanne, Department of History, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Theology
Paper 210-cThe Muslims of Sicily between the Fatimid and Norman Rulers
(Language: English)
Alex Metcalfe, Department of History, Lancaster University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 210-dLatins and Georgians in the Crusader Kingdom
(Language: English)
Bernard Hamilton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism

Our prime concern is with the ways in which the authorities within each sphere defined their orthodoxy in relationship to the beliefs, ideology, and practices of the other spheres, especially in overt antithesis to them. In other words, we shall be considering how far regimes could gain or maintain a reputation for religious orthodoxy and thus political legitimacy through stirring up or leading opposition to the beliefs of 'Latins', 'Greeks', 'Saracens', or other errant outsiders. The one could gain in self-definition and self-righteousness and a kind of self-sealant commonality through identifying and indicting the defects of the other, sometimes to the death.