Session1335
TitleCrossing Religious Borders: Conversion, Syncretism, and Apostasy in the Medieval Period
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserLilian Regina Gonçalves Diniz, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
 
Moderator/ChairCaitlin Ellis, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
 
Paper 1335-a Conversion and Apostasy in the Visigothic Kingdom
(Language: English)
Lilian Regina Gonçalves Diniz, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index Terms: Canon Law; Law; Lay Piety; Religious Life
Paper 1335-b Islamic Conversion?: Interrogating Religious Change to Islam from the Vantage of Archaeology
(Language: English)
Sara Ann Knutson, Department of History, University of British Columbia
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Religious Life
Paper 1335-c Religious Conversions and Crusading Siege Warfare in Syria and Jazīra, 1097-1192
(Language: English)
Thomas Brosset, Department of History, Lancaster University
Index Terms: Crusades; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Religious Life
 
AbstractThis session will deal with the complex social, political, and cultural process of religious conversion. It is often a process that implies a subjective changing of a whole range of practices, social behaviours, and ways of seeing and interpreting life, and the way individuals relate to themselves, their community, and the world in general. We will discuss the topic of conversion using a variety of sources and relating to different religions. Our aim is to inspire reflection about the complexities of this process, its consequences, how the sources document it, and how we can interpret them in different ways.