IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1227: Christianity in the Islamic World, III: Constructions of Identity in Ritual and Travel

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Krisztina Szilágyi, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:David Richard Thomas, Centre for the Study of Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations, Birmingham
Paper 1227-aIconic Otherness: Christian Icon Veneration as a Stumbling Block in Early 'Abbāsid Society
(Language: English)
Nestor Kavvadas, Catholic Theological Seminary- University of Siegen
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Theology
Paper 1227-bThe Encounter of Rabban Sauma and Edward I in 1287: Celebrating the Eucharist with the Other
(Language: English)
Steve Cochrane, University of the Nations, Denver, Colorado
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1227-cA Syrian Talking to Others: Paul of Aleppo in Constantinople, Moldavia, Wallachia, Ukraine, and Moscow
(Language: English)
Ioana Feodorov, Institute for South-East European Studies, Romanian Academy, Bucharest
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Semitic

The encounters of the Christians of the Islamic world with others were circumscribed by boundaries of ritual and geography. In this session, Kavvadas considers how icon veneration separated Chalcedonian Christians from Muslims as well as from other Christian communities. The East Syrian monk in Cochrane’s paper, perhaps thanks to the years he had spent in the Islamic world, by contrast, was ready to celebrate the Eucharist with a Catholic monarch in Europe. Feodorov’s paper investigates a Syrian Christian’s attitude towards towards various ethnic groups and belief systems that he encountered in his seven-year journey across Eastern Europe.