IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 725: Constructing Borders: Emphasising Difference in Islamic Societies

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Maribel Fierro, Departamento de Estudios Judíos e Islámicos, Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo, Madrid
Moderator/Chair:Ann R. Christys, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Paper 725-aMaking Borders Clear in the Medieval Islamic West
(Language: English)
Maribel Fierro, Departamento de Estudios Judíos e Islámicos, Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo, Madrid
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 725-bCross-Dressing, Ambiguity, and Gender in al-Andalus
(Language: English)
Aurora González Artigao, Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 725-cThe Borders of Authority, Legitimacy, and Power: Al-Ma'mun (reg. 813-833) and Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991) in Juxtaposition
(Language: English)
Ian Richard Netton, Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life, Theology
Abstract

When the people of Cordoba rebelled against the Umayyads in the year 202/818, the emir al-Hakam I asked to be anointed with an expensive perfume so that his head could be distinguished from the cut heads of other Cordobans if the rebels were to succeed. This panel presents different contexts in which similar definition of the border between two individuals or their ethnic and religious identities was imperative. They include women who dressed as men or had physical attributes that blurred the boundary between male and female and rituals and beliefs common to Christianity and Islam.