IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1311: Byzantine Borders, IV

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Leslie Brubaker, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies / Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Daniel K. Reynolds, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Paper 1311-aOn the Anatolian Border: Byzantium and the Caliphate in the 7th Century
(Language: English)
Curtis Lisle, Centre for Byzantine Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies University of Birmingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1311-bCrossing Religious, Cultural, and Economic Borders in 7th-Century Egypt
(Language: English)
Maria Vrij, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies / Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Numismatics
Paper 1311-cCaliphal Patronage and Frontier Fortification in the 9th and 10th Centuries
(Language: English)
Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Military History
Paper 1311-dThe Living and the Dead: Interacting with the Deceased in Early Byzantium
(Language: English)
Laura M. Clark, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Social History
Abstract

Byzantine Borders, IV is the last of four sessions to examine cultural, linguistic and historical margins within the Empire and at and across its edges. This session emphasises the geographical borders between Byzantium and the Caliphate as frontlines of innovation. After an evaluation of whether or not the concept of a frontier as a fixed border had any real meaning in the central Middle Ages, speakers explore the case studies of coins and fortifications to interrogate the validity (or not) of the concept in Early Medieval Byzantium.