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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1135: The Medieval Nile and Red Sea as a Passage of Transmission, II: Pilgrimage

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Moderator/Chair:Joost Hagen, Ägyptologisches Institut, Universität Leipzig
Paper 1135-aPilgrimage Relationships in Christianity and Islam
(Language: English)
Jacke Phillips, Department of Art & Archaeology, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Index terms: Daily Life, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1135-bBuying Relics from Paradise: Western Christians at the Nile
(Language: English)
Jessica Tearney-Pearce, Woolf Institute, Cambridge / St John's College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Crusades, Lay Piety, Religious Life

Pilgrimage was an important aspect of Medieval life. This session seeks to address the role of pilgrimage in the regions of the Nile Valley and the Red Sea. Who travelled and where? Both Muslim and Christian pilgrims travelled extensively to visit shrines, often appearing in seemingly unlikely places, including European Christians visiting sites far down the Nile. These papers also enlighten the role of pilgrimage outside of the Holy Land. With expensive toll charges to travel within enemy lands, if travel was even permitted at all, medieval pilgrimage developed into a vast and varied transmission of peoples and ideas.