IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 128: Between Memory and Imagination, I: Medieval Religious Encounters from the Silk Road to the Indian Ocean

Monday 2 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Arc Humanities Press
Organiser:Shannon Cunningham, Amsterdam University Press / Arc Humanities Press / Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Moderator/Chair:Alexandra F. C. Cuffel, Centrum für Religionswissenschaftliche Studien, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Paper 128-aBordering the World of Islam: Ibn Battuta in the Malay Archipelago
(Language: English)
Aglaia Iankovskaia, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology & Ethnography, St Petersburg / Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 128-bRelations between the St Thomas Christians and the Nambuthiri Brahmins in Medieval Kerala in the Context of the Thomas Traditions
(Language: English)
Johny Shelly, Department of Political Science, St Aloysius College, Kerala
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Pagan Religions
Abstract

The ‘Silk Road’ and the sea and land routes connecting the peoples living and traveling along the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Indian Ocean are well known as loci for the exchange in goods, skills, and ideas, as well as political and religious encounters. Scholars, when examining issues of cultural memory for many of these regions, have tended to focus on how it functioned within a single culture in the creation of a cohesive identity. This panel focuses on ways in which various inter-connected religious communities, which include Zoroastrians, Manichaeans, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jains, Buddhists or indigenous religious communities, imagined one another and created patterns of memory about members of other communities from Central Asia and the Mediterranean to lands connected to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, with a particular focus on South and South-East Asia.