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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1035: The Medieval Nile and Red Sea as a Passage of Transmission, I: The Coming of Islam

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Moderator/Chair:Alexandros Tsakos, Institutt for Arkeologi, Historie, Kultur - og Religionsvitenskap, Universitetet I Bergen
Paper 1035-aCairo - Aswan - Ibrim (- Dongola?): Task and Journey of a Messenger from Islamic Egypt to Christian Nubia in Summer 760
(Language: English)
Joost Hagen, Ägyptologisches Institut, Universität Leipzig
Index terms: Administration, Daily Life, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1035-bForgetting Sudanese Christianity: Wrongfully Depicting Nubians and Ethiopians in Crusader Songs
(Language: English)
Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Literacy and Orality, Social History
Paper 1035-c'Sail to Suakin, and then go twelve days through the desert': Two Episodes in Ethiopian-European Long-Distance Contact in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Nubia and Ethiopia were thriving Christian kingdoms upon the arrival of the Islamic expansion in the seventh century. This session analyses different roles that the rise of Islam had on the Christian kingdoms. How did these two religions co-exist along the Nile Valley? How did they communicate? These papers seek to address this requirement for adaptation. Following initial contacts, the session closes with a paper looking at the role Islam had on the memory of the Christian kingdoms in the psyche of the greater Christian world. Above all, transmission remained important across the borders of Islam and Christianity.