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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 625: Communal Identity at the Borders of Faith

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Bert Carlstrom, School of History Queen Mary University of London
Moderator/Chair:Bert Carlstrom, School of History Queen Mary University of London
Paper 625-aBiblical Greek, Islamic Exegesis: Interpretations of the Word 'Paraclete' in the Christian and Muslim Medieval Worlds
(Language: English)
Maria Pia Ester Cristaldi, Faculty of Communication, Marmara University, Istanbul
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 625-bLay Christians of Asia Minor in Early Byzantine Hagiographies
(Language: English)
Engin Mert Gokcek, Department of History University of California Riverside
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Lay Piety
Paper 625-cInter-Religious Marriage and Conversion to Islam in Eastern Christian Canon Law and Hagiography
(Language: English)
Anna Chrysostomides, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Canon Law, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Women's Studies

This session approaches the common theme of responses to and perceptions of religious authority in the eastern Mediterrean between the 6th and 9th centuries. The papers address how Muslims read and made use of Christian scripture and ideas; how lay Christians vaciliated between 'pagan' and Christian practices in relation to religious authority in the Byzantine Empire; and how Christians across the Islamic world adapted their acceptance of inter-religious marriage in response to Islamic practices. Approaching well-known sources in innovative ways, each of these papers explore how communities on the borders between faiths responded, resisted, and adapted to the close proximity of religious others.