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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 335: Materiality and Medieval Travels between Europe and Asia, III: Religion

Monday 1 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Organiser:Jana Valtrová, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Moderator/Chair:Lucas Burkart, Historisches Seminar, Universität Basel
Paper 335-aThe Interfaith Relevance of Materiality: Christian Travelers in Muslim Lands, 13th to 16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Davide Scotto, Conversion, Overlapping Religiosities, Polemics, Interaction (CORPI) Project, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Index terms: Daily Life, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 335-bMaterial Aspects of Conversion in Medieval Asia: A Christian Missionary Perspective
(Language: English)
Jana Valtrová, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Index terms: Daily Life, Mentalities, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 335-cStone as an Interreligious Medium in Sino-Mongol Quanzhou
(Language: English)
Jennifer Purtle, Department of History of Art, University of Toronto
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Sculpture, Social History, Technology

The session is part of a tripartite panel focused on material aspects of contacts and travels between medieval Europe and Asia. The third session of the panel tackles the role of materiality in interfaith interactions between travelling Christians and followers of different religions, including Muslims, Manicheists, and other religious denominations present in medieval Asia. The role of objects and artifacts as means of either mediating or complicating interfaith encounters will be discussed in various geographical scenarios, from Iberia to the Near East, from the Mongolian Empire to Sino-Mongol China.