IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1534: Sharing the Holy Land: Perceptions of Shared Sacred Space in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean, III - Muslim Sacred Space

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe, Warburg Institute, University of London
Organiser:Jan Vandeburie, Warburg Institute, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Jo Van Steenbergen, Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies / Department of Languages & Cultures: The Near East & the Islamic World, Universiteit Gent
Respondent:Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Paper 1534-aContesting the Sacred by Celebrating Muslim Presence: Reactions to Muslim Pilgrims and Celebrants by Eastern Christian Communities and Western Christian and Jewish Pilgrims, c. 1100-1600
(Language: English)
Alexandra F. C. Cuffel, Centrum für Religionswissenschaftliche Studien, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life
Paper 1534-bTowards a Salvational Geography: The Role of 'Umar in Shared Sacred Spaces in the Levant
(Language: English)
Georg Leube, Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien, Philipps-Universität, Marburg
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life
Abstract

Following from the symposium to be held at the Warburg Institute, these sessions seek to address how both Western pilgrims, and the indigenous Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Levantine populations perceived the sharing of religious shrines with other faiths. Of particular interest is how this sharing was described and explained in contemporary accounts and how this influenced the knowledge of other faiths among the Semitic religions. These sessions will focus on the period from c. 1000 to c. 1500, addressing the changing political context in the Levant and its influence on the sharing of sacred space.