IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 610: Orthodoxy and Heresy in the Latin and Islamic Cultures of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies (Bergen, Gothenburg, Odense & Helsinki)
Organiser:Poul Martin Ploug Pedersen, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Kurt Villads Jensen, Institut for Historie, Kultur & Samfundsbeskrivelse, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Paper 610-bWealth, Poverty, and the Limits of Orthodoxy in Western Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Poul Martin Ploug Pedersen, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Rhetoric, Theology
Paper 610-cHow Did the Church Handle a Solitary Heretic?
(Language: English)
Bertil Nilsson, Department of Religious Studies, Theology & Classical Philology, Göteborgs Universitet
Index terms: Canon Law, Daily Life, Social History, Theology
Abstract

This session will investigate expressions of, and responses to, heresy and orthodoxy in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Looking at both Islam and Western Latinity, the session will seek to establish various kinds of perceived heresies and orthodoxies in the West and in Islam. The session will furthermore explore what aspects unified both reactions, institutional as well as popular, when the ‘limits of orthodoxy’ were thought to be under threat. Among several approaches shared by the papers in the session is appeal (intellectual or popular) to Scripture, exegesis, and the defence of ‘tradition’ in the face of heresy.