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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 730: Rethinking the Medieval Frontier 2018, III: Between Religions

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Rethinking the Medieval Frontier Network
Organiser:Jonathan Jarrett, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Darley, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Paper 730-aFar from the Corrupting City: Building the Frontier as a Stage for Martyrdom and Asceticism, 8th-10th Centuries
(Language: English)
Roberta Denaro, Dipartimento Asia Africa e Mediterraneo, Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Political Thought, Theology
Paper 730-b'Islandness' of a Coastal Kingdom: The Case of Cilician Armenia
(Language: English)
Tura├ž Hakalmaz, Faculty of Economics, Administrative & Social Sciences, Bilkent University, Turkey
Index terms: Crusades, Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 730-cConceptualizing a Frontier: Exploring the Complexities of a Brahmanical Frontier in Bengal
(Language: English)
Aniket Tathagata Chettry, Siliguri College, North Bengal University
Index terms: Daily Life, Mentalities, Religious Life

Since 2015 the network project Rethinking the Medieval Frontier has been organising comparative sessions encouraging a new theorisation of frontiers, and borders starting from medieval evidence and situations. The 2019 sessions continue to ask what a frontier is to us, what it was in the Middle Ages and how it was experienced by those who lived with it. Especially in the medieval world, frontiers between religions could be more important than political ones, and advancing or occupying a frontier involved religious activity as much as or even more than military activity. This session examines three situations where religious and political loyalties did not necessarily coincide, looking at frontier martyrs in early Islam, the many-sided religious landscape of Crusader-period Asia Minor, and defining a frontier space by religious practice in medieval India.