Religious and Political Identities: The Mediterranean Since 1492
September 18-20, 2008
Location: Berkley Center
At the first Berkley/Van Leer workshop, participants engaged the theme "Religious/Political Identities in the Mediterranean" from a variety of historical perspectives. The first session reviewed "The Mediterranean from Late Antiquity to 15th Century: Empires, World-Systems, Civilizations, Religious Regimes," with papers on Catholicism, Islam, and the great capital cities of the era. The next session focused on the region's four major religious traditions: Latin Christianity, Eastern Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The third session considered patterns of interaction and modes of religious pluralism and included a discussion of convivencia in medieval Spain. Further topics of discussion included the emergence of the modern national territorial state, the rise of the Ottoman Empire, and Eastern Mediterranean Christians.
- Aziz Al-Azmeh, Central European University
- Yaron BenNaeh, Hebrew University
- Jose Casanova, Georgetown University
- Yochi Fischer, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
- Molly Green, Princeton University
- Heath Lowry, Princeton University
- Gabriel Motzkin, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
- Uri Ram, Ben Gurion University
- Jonathan Ray, Georgetown University
- Aviel Roshwald, Georgetown University
- John Voll, Georgetown University
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