Trans-Cultural Communication:

Encounter and Imagination among Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages

9-10 June 2016
University of California, Rome
Piazza dell’Orologio, 7

Perception and contact involving Christians, Muslims and Jews in medieval European society is a complex histor of exchange, benefit, rejection, and conformity. Whether through direct contact, as among Christians and Jews in urban areas, or indirect, as with the transmission of Arabic scientific works, both fact and imagination were critical components of perception. This multi-disciplinary workshop explores these points of contact and evaluates their implications in terms of perception, understanding, and dialogue.

Thursday, 9 June

10:00-10:15    Welcome


Interreligious Contact, Otherness and Self-definition in the Controversial Literature between Christians and Jews (2nd – 17th centuries) – Philippe Bobichon, Institute de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris

11:00-11:30    Coffee


Research Activities on Muslim-Christian Transfer of Knowledge in Medieval Spain – Pedro Mantas España, Universidad de Córdoba


Christians and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula: A Bird’s-Eye View over Six Centuries (1000-1600)

Juan Pedro Monferrer, Universidad de Córdoba

12:30-1:00    Discussion



‘Provincial Encounters’ in Medieval Portugal:  What kind of association existed between Jews and Christians?

José Alberto Rodrigues da Silva Tavim, Centro de História, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa


The Rosary Cantoral: A Cultural Artifact from the End of La Convivencia in Late Medieval Toledo

Lorenzo Candelaria, The University of Texas at El Paso

3:30-4:00     Discussion


Friday, 10 June


Trans-cultural Communication in the Twelfth Century:  Jewish Thought and Peter the Chanter’s Commentaries on the Old Testament – Anke Holdenried, University of Bristol

10:45-11:00    Coffee


Medieval Translations: Providing New Images of Jews – Görge K. Hasselhoff, Dortmund University / ERC Project ‘The Latin Talmud’, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


A First Approach to the Excerptum de Talmud: An Epitome of the 13th-Century Latin Translation of the Talmud – Isaac Lampurlanés Farré, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

12:30-1:00    Discussion


Maurice, Mark and the Mahdi:  Translating Islamic Theology in Thirteenth-Century Toledo

Teresa Witcombe, Universities of Exeter and Bristol


Illustrating the Importance of the Arabic Philosophical Tradition to the Thought of Thomas Aquinas:  Four Striking Examples – Richard Taylor, Marquette University / De Wulf-Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

3:30-3:45    Coffee


A Fragile Patronage: Social Tensions and Jews in the Economy of Early 14th-Century Castile – Cecil D.L. Reid, Queen Mary University of London

4:30-5:00    Discussion


 Conference organizers:

Dr Ann Giletti
University of California, Rome, Italy
Dr Anke Holdenried
Department of History (Historical Studies)
University of Bristol, UK

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