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When is a Convert really a Convert?

31st January @ 14:00

Woolf Institute, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0UB



Professor Harvey Hames

With responses from:

Professor David Abulafia

Dr Edward Kessler

The seminar will look at some texts (in English translation) from late 14th / early 15th century Iberia such as Profiat Duran's 'Shame of the Gentiles', 'Admission of Guilt', Anselm Turmeda's 'A Unique Find for the Intelligent Mind' and the first complete translation of the Gospels into Hebrew – where conversion becomes a means for distinguishing between external praxis and internal belief raising interesting questions about identity in early modernity.

Harvey (Chaim) Hames is the Director of the Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2016. He is an expert in medieval and modern religious polemics, interaction and dialogue, as well as Jewish, Christian and Muslim mysticism and apocalypticism.

David Abulafia FBA is a maritime historian whose research on medieval Mediterranean trade, in Sicily, the Balearic Islands and the Levant, has led him to write a large history of the Mediterranean across time, entitled The Great Sea, which was awarded the British Academy Medal in 2013. He is a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College.

Ed Kessler MBE is Founder Director of the Woolf Institute, an expert on Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations and Fellow of St Edmund's College.


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