TitleSelf and Other on the Frontier
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
Moderator/ChairJonathan Jarrett, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1538-a The Christians of Kinda: From Late Antiquity to the 'Abbāsid Era
(Language: English)
Awad bin Nahee, College of Science & Arts, Najran University, Saudi Arabia
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1538-b Fonādiq and the Political Energy of Mobility
(Language: English)
Dillon Webster, Department of History, Brown University
Index Terms: Economics - Trade; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Politics and Diplomacy; Religious Life
Paper 1538-c Delineating 'Frontiers' of the Delhi Sultanate: Reading the Narratives of Tarikh-i Firuz Shahi and 'Isami's Futuh al-Salatin
(Language: English)
Anu Balachandran, Department of History, University of Delhi
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Politics and Diplomacy
AbstractPaper -a:
This study examines the historical claims recorded by the Apology of al-Kindī about the Christianity among Kinda tribe since Late Antiquity down to the reign of the ʿAbbāsid Caliph al-Ma'mūn in which the claimed author of the Apology, ʿAbdalmasīḥ al-Kindī, was alive. The study will address major claims such as converts among the House of Ākil al-Murār, kings of Kinda, in addition to Christians of Kinda during pre-Islamic times and the first three centuries of Islamic calendar. The study, therefore, will evaluate those claims in the light of the history of Christianity among Kinda between 4th century and 9th century, and by covering a large area extended from Najrān in Southern Arabia through Daūmat al-Janndal in Northern Arabia and across major cities of Mesopotamia where Kindite Christians settled.

Paper -b:
In this paper I examine the Catalan fonādiq of Tunis as an exemplar of medieval Mediterranean hostelry infrastructure, and the role of fonādiq more generally in the creation and consolidation of power away from political centres. I argue that in the 13th and 14th centuries, the fonādiq converted the potential energy of (im)migration into the kinetic energy of state formation. By exploring the entangled narratives of the Crown of Aragon and Hafsid Tunis, I contend that it is possible to begin to understand how mobility formed or thickened exchange pathways and occasioned moments of innovation, negotiation, (re)formation of judicial forms, and control - a process which unfolded within the fonādiq.

Paper -c:
Publication of abstract declined by author.