IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 321: Pleasures and Interactions in the Medieval Islamic World, II

Monday 1 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:School of Abbasid Studies, Universities of St Andrews, Cambridge, and Leuven
Organiser:Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Paper 321-aForget the War, Let's Go Shopping?: Different Meanings of Christian-Muslim Trade in the Levant, 1095-1291
(Language: English)
Betty Binysh, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Crusades, Economics - Trade
Paper 321-bMuslim Conversion to Christianity in the Islamic World, 700-1000
(Language: English)
Krisztina Szilágyi, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Hagiography, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Abstract

The second session of Pleasures and Interactions in the Medieval Islamic World deals with cross-cultural interactions between Christians and Muslims, some pleasurable, some not so. The first paper discusses how Arabic elite writers used the spaces of the Christian monastery as an alternative environment where rules could be broken, the second looks and the enjoyment of trade as a link between cultures during the crusades. The third looks at a little known and in some ways challenging, phenomenon, the conversion of Muslims to Christianity in the early Islamic period. All three papers shed unexpected light on aspects of the relationshps between Christians and Muslims during this period.