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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 214: The Borders of European-Asian / Asian-European Medieval Travels, II

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Organiser:Jana Valtrová, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Moderator/Chair:Konstantin Golev, Institute for Historical Studies Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Paper 214-aThe Unseen Border of Salvation: Islam between Faith and Works in Medieval Christian Travelogues
(Language: English)
Davide Scotto, Conversion, Overlapping Religiosities, Polemics, Interaction (CORPI) Project, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 214-bThe Borders of Confession: The Friars and the Christians of Asia
(Language: English)
Jana Valtrová, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Index terms: Religious Life, Social History, Theology
Paper 214-cThe Boundless Empire: Wang Dayuan's View on Mongol Eurasia
(Language: English)
Francesca Fiaschetti, European Research Council Project 'Mobility, Empire & Cross-Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia', Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies, Social History

The session is a part of a twofold panel which discusses the topic of borders within the context of medieval travelogues regarding European-Asian and Asian-African routes and missions. This session focuses on borders as markers of the relation and mutual perception between distinct religious or ethnic communities. It will raise questions about how borders are envisioned, constructed, maintained, or crossed according to selected writings from the 13th and the 14th century. Among the sources discussed are the writings of Riccoldo da Monte di Croce, reports of Franciscan and Dominican friars from the Mongol Empire and India, as well as a travelogue of a Chinese sailorman, Wang Dayuan.