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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1528: Crime and Deviance, I: Religious Ideologies

Thursday 4 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Arc Humanities Press, Leeds
Organiser:Hannah Skoda, St John's College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Maribel Fierro, Departamento de Estudios Judíos e Islámicos, Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo, Madrid
Paper 1528-aThe Christian Construction of Jews as Deviant through the Tropes of Usury and Blasphemy
(Language: English)
Julie Mell, Department of History, North Carolina State University
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Mentalities, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1528-bMarriage and Sexuality in Medieval China
(Language: English)
Christian de Pee, College of Literature, Science & the Arts, University of Michigan
Index terms: Daily Life, Law, Religious Life, Sexuality
Paper 1528-cKeeping the Moral Order: Separating the Sexes among Jews of Medieval Egypt
(Language: English)
Oded Zinger, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Daily Life, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Law

Crime and deviance only become such when certain behaviours are thus designated. This session will examine the ways in which some behaviours and identities were categorised as criminal or deviant. It will also acknowledge the reciprocity of this process, exploring how some behaviours disrupted social orders. The focus will be upon the complex relationship between (mis)behaviours, and processes of demonization. This first session will examine how religious ideologies defined deviancy in practices of marriage and sexuality, within the framework of a religious community, and how alternative religious practices were categorised as dissenting and dangerous.