IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 606: Law, Thought, and Action between East and West, V: The 'Byzantine Commonwealth'

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institut für Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Romanian Academy, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Organiser:Alexandru Simon, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy of Sciences, Cluj-Napoca
Moderator/Chair:Ovidiu Cristea, Nicolae Iorga Institute of History, Romanian Academy, Bucharest
Paper 606-aThe Balkan Expansion of the Ottoman Turks: Legal and Military Systems in Comparison
(Language: English)
Emanuel C. Antoche, Centre d'histoire du domaine turc, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Law, Military History
Paper 606-bLegal and Imaginary Frames of Byzantine-Turkish Relations in the mid-14th Century
(Language: English)
Adrian Gheorghe, Münchner Zentrum für Islamstudien (MZIS), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Law
Paper 606-cRules for Harmony? Laws for and Practices of Decision-Making in the Late Byzantine Synod
(Language: English)
Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Institut für Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Canon Law
Abstract

‘East’ and ‘West’ met under various forms throughout the Middle Ages. Few encounters however were as complex as those at Christendom’s terrestrial and maritime eastern and south-eastern borders. They ‘lawfully’ engulfed the antique heritage and the ‘medieval novelties’ and were seldom single-directed, whether on a philosophical or on an administrative level. On the basis of case studies, the papers emphasize matters of individuality, as well as general features in a contact area crossed by various channels of communication, including crusading. The presentations also reveal the, at times, neglected structural impact of Byzantium on its contemporaries, admirers and adversaries.