IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1623: Writing the Other in the Middle Ages, II: Exploring Religious and Theological Encounters

Thursday 6 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Irene Malfatto, Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Firenze
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Darley, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1623-aJew as the 'Other' in Word and Deed
(Language: English)
Astrid Khoo, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 1623-bConceptualising Others: Religions of Asia in Medieval European Missionary Accounts
(Language: English)
Jana Valtrov√°, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 1623-cReligion, Identity, and Otherness: Descriptions of Africans in Crusade Narratives
(Language: English)
Tessa Hosking, Independent Scholar, Isleworth
Index terms: Crusades, Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities

The existence in the medieval world of individuals, cultures, and places which existed outside the sphere of religious traditions with claims to universality posed specific problems and opportunities for writers of theological works on Otherness. These papers examine the ways in which direct encounter and encounters with the concept of Otherness shaped theological ideas about what it meant to be a member of a community and to lie beyond it. From the early to the late Middle Ages such theological approaches to the Other affected face-to-face interactions between individuals within and beyond their own communities.