IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1029: Islam and the Latin West, I

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Organiser:Jan Ziolkowski, Department of the Classics, Harvard University / Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC
Moderator/Chair:Danuta Shanzer, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein, Universität Wien
Paper 1029-aThe Devil and the Prophet: Assigning Blame in the Two Earliest Latin Lives of Muhammad
(Language: English)
Kenneth B. Wolf, Department of Classics, Pomona College
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1229-bWest Meets East: Medievals Latinizing in Asia
(Language: English)
Jan Ziolkowski, Department of the Classics, Harvard University / Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC
Abstract

The interactions between the Christian West and the Islamic East have attracted increasing attention. Although the Crusades are well known, many other aspects of the relationship, especially as it involved Latin authors, warrant further exploration that can build upon the work of scholars such as Thomas Burman and John Tolan. These sessions will range across roughly seven hundred years – half the history of the encounter between Christianity and Islam – and will focus on Latin writings on the life (and death) of Muhammad, Latin controversial treatises on the Koran, and Latin translations of apologetic texts.