Who Are You Calling a Pilgrim? Christian, Jewish and Muslim Travellers in the Eastern Mediterranean, c.1100-1350
The Medieval Mediterranean: Local and Global Perspectives is a seminar series from the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean, in collaboration with the Woolf Institute, CSIC IMF, University of Liege and the Medieval Studies Research Group at the University of Lincoln.
The webinar - Who Are You Calling a Pilgrim? Christian, Jewish and Muslim Travellers in the Eastern Mediterranean, c.1100-1350 - will be held on Tuesday 22 June 2021 at 5pm.
The Medieval Mediterranean was frequently travelled by "pilgrims" of all three main Abrahamic religions, with accounts and descriptions of these pilgrims and travellers able to tell us about Medieval religions in practice, travel, and of encounters with other cultures and beliefs. But questions of how the experiences and intentions of these pilgrims differed from one another, as well as the ways they comparatively conducted themselves or performed their devotions, is still a topic of open discussion.
To this end, the panel will discuss the pilgrimage accounts of Theoderic, Thietmar, and Riccoldo of Monte Croce, the travel account of Benjamin of Tudela, and a fatwa/treatise by Ibn Taymiyya on the legality of Muslims' pilgrimage practices in Jerusalem. By considering together accounts of Medieval Christian, Jewish, and Muslim pilgrims to sites in the Eastern Mediterranean we can think more closely about the similarities between these "pilgrims" of different faiths and about the varied expressions of pilgrimage and travel in the Medieval world.
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