IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1120: Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness, II: Islamic Perspectives

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades
Organiser:Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Moderator/Chair:Matthew Mesley, School of Music, Humanities & Media, University of Huddersfield
Paper 1120-aDishonourable, Dissolute, and Displeasing God: Gendering Peace between Muslims and Crusaders
(Language: English)
Betty Binysh, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1120-bThe Depiction and Uses of the 'Idealised Turk' in Philippe de Mézières's Crusade Propaganda
(Language: English)
Timothy Owens, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies
Paper 1120-c'No People Will Prosper Who Appoint a Woman to Rule Over Them': Gender and Government in Muslim Sources for the Crusades
(Language: English)
Niall Christie, Department of History, Latin & Political Science, Langara College, Vancouver
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Abstract

The three proposed sessions on Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness seek to demonstrate the value of crusade sources to an exploration of socio-cultural perceptions and constructions of what it meant to be a man. They thus provide a vital means of understanding the basis and maintenance of medieval patriarchal social and political hierarchies more widely, yet are still relatively unexplored in terms of gender. Between them the sessions will consider the ways in which ideologies of masculinity were used by authors writing in both Christian and Islamic traditions, alongside those of social status, religion, and ethnicity, to represent and assess men, and sometimes women. Ideals of manliness were a crucial means of establishing normative values and behaviours, and thus also served to identify certain groups and individuals as ‘other’ to these.