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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1113: Recognition across Borders, II: The Manipulation of Ideas

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval & Early Modern Studies / Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University, Victoria
Organiser:Christopher Ocker, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley / San Francisco Theological Seminary
Moderator/Chair:Miri Rubin, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Paper 1113-aThe Doctrina Iacobi: Blurring the Border between Jews and Christians at the Beginning of Islam
(Language: English)
Sarah Gador-Whyte, Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry Australian Catholic University Victoria
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life
Paper 1113-bFranciscans on Boundaries between Justice and Injustice: The De informatione principum of Durand of Champagne
(Language: English)
Constant J. Mews, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Philosophy, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1113-cStyle versus Substance: Marsilio Ficino's Humanist Theology Reconsidered
(Language: English)
Lana Stephens, Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry Australian Catholic University Victoria
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Philosophy, Theology

Each session of the series combines specialists in different periods, places, sources, and/or groups. This session examines the manipulation of ideological or imagined boundaries to redefine groups and their relationships: Jews, Christians, and the newly emergent community of Islam in the 7th century; the transgression of classical-pagan/biblical-Christian boundaries by Franciscans at the French court at the turn of the 13th to 14th century, when they drew distinctions between justice and injustice; and Ficino's use of treatises, commentaries, and letters to construct a humanist theology posing a unique challenge to orthodoxy.