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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 310: Political Culture in the Latin West, Byzantine, and Islamic Spheres: Righteous Peoples and Errant Outsiders, III

Monday 13 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Society for the Medieval Mediterranean
Organiser:Jonathan Shepard, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Shepard, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Paper 310-aLate Byzantine Political Culture and its Intellectual Networks
(Language: English)
Ida Toth, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric
Paper 310-bPerfidious Popes and Pious Pagans: Matthew Paris on Popes, Saracens, and Greeks
(Language: English)
Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 310-cMission and Martyrdom in the Franciscan Order
(Language: English)
Brett E. Whalen, Department of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 310-d'This Community and Other Communities': Religious and Communal Boundaries in a 10th-Century Iranian Work of Advice for Kings
(Language: English)
Louise Marlow, Department of Religion, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Political Thought

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.