Call For Papers – Debating and Disputing: Muslim-Christian-Jewish Relations

The Mediterranean Seminar/UCMRP is proposing two sessions for the 128th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association to be held in Washington DC, 2-5 January 2014.

The theme of the Meeting is “Disagreement, Debate, Discussion”.

The first session: “Debating Muslim-Christian-Jewish Relations in the Medieval Mediterranean” will focus on the various scholarly interpretations of the nature of such inter-communal relations. Were these relations characterized by convivencia or a “clash of civilizations”? Or are there better paradigms for accounting for such interaction? How did contemporaries see such relationships… as problematic, or paradoxical?

The second session: “Muslims, Christians and Jews Disputing in the Medieval Mediterranean” will look at disputations and debates that were carried out at the time by members of different faiths. This may include formal verbal disputations, polemical writing and correspondence, ideological trends (eg.: crusade, and Jihad), missionizing, and other forms of debates, dialogues and discussions.

Scholars interested in presenting in either of these sessions should submit:
– a 200 wd abstract
– a 200 wd biographical statement
– a 2-3 page CV
– complete contact information (including phone number)
– a request for AV equipment (if necessary)
– and confirmation that the paper will be presented in person, with a length of no more than 20 minutes.

All of this should be submitted in Word (doc) format (not pdf, please) to:
Brian Catlos and Alex Novikoff
by 7 February 2013.

Faculty and scholars of the University of California who present in these sessions will be eligible to apply for travel support through the Mediterranean Seminar.

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