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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 725: Power & Institutions in Medieval Islam & Christendom (PIMIC), III: Power in Practice - Reproducing and Negotiating Medieval Rulership

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Power & Institutions in Medieval Islam & Christendom (PIMIC), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Organiser:Michel Kaplan, UFR d'histoire, Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Moderator/Chair:Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Paper 725-aPower and Protest in Mamluk Syria
(Language: English)
Rasmus Bech Olsen, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck College, University of London
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Political Thought
Paper 725-bSpatiality and the Power of Memory: On Kings and Places in Castile, 12th-13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Ana Rodríguez, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 725-cHierarchies among Equals in 13th-Century Christendom
(Language: English)
Evgeniya Shelina, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought, Social History

The papers in this panel examine a variety of power concepts in Medieval Europe and the Middle East and their flexibility in theory and practice. They explore different ways in which the power held by the sultans, kings, chieftains and lords was negotiated. By examining such diverse phenomena as spatiality and the power of memory in 12th- and 13th-century Castile, the principles of constructing 'hierarchies among equals' in 13th-century Christendom and the appropriation of sacred objects and spaces in 13th- and 14th-century Islamic protests, they inquire how far we can go in comparing power across cultures in the medieval world.