Workshop: ‘Patterns of Argumentation in Late Antique and Early Islamic Interreligious Debates’

Workshop King’s College London
20-22 February 2014

‘Patterns of Argumentation in Late Antique and Early Islamic Interreligious Debates’

Organised by Yannis Papadogiannakis and Barbara Roggema as part of the ERC PROJECT ‘Defining Belief and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Role of Interreligious Debate and Interaction (6th-8th c. AD)’

Thursday February 20, at 18.00

Professor Dame Averil Cameron (University of Oxford): A World Full of Talk: Religious Debate and Discussion in the Sixth Century
Friday February 21

Yannis Papadogiannakis (King’s College London): Late Antique Christian kalām before Muslim kalām?

Sébastien Morlet (Sorbonne/Woolf Institute Cambridge): Mia marturia ou dektê. A pattern of argumentation in Late Antique anti-Jewish dialogues and early polemical texts against Islam

David Bertaina (University of Illinois, Springfield): The Qurʾān as Question-and-Answer Literature: A Witness to Late Antique Disputations

Walter Edward Young (McGill University): Have You Considered (Ara’ayta)? Don’t You See (Alā tarā)? Further on the Dialectical Formulae of Early Islam

Peter Van Nuffelen (Gent University): Authority and conflict in the history of Dionysius of Tell-Mahre

Mark Beaumont (London School of Theology): `Ammār al-Baṣrī: Defending Christian beliefs in the early `Abbasid era

Barbara Roggema (King’s College London): Echoes of Christian-Muslim debate in Muslim texts from the 7th/1st to the early 9th/3nd century

Saturday February 22

Krisztina Szilágyi (University of Cambridge): The Textual Transmission of Christian Polemical Texts in the Medieval Islamic World

Sandra Toenies Keating (Providence College): Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal and Al-Radd ʿalā l-Zanādiqa wa-l-Ǧahmiya: Exegesis of Anthropomorphic Verses of the Qurʾān

Sean W. Anthony (University of Oregon): Heraclius Foresees the Kingdom of the Circumcised: Embedding the Maghāzī in Late Antiquity

Michael Pregill (Elon University): Making a Difference: Revelation, Prophetology, and the Shaping of tafsir in the ‘Sectarian Milieu’

Marcel Poorthuis (University of Tilburg): Šekhinah  and Sakīna or: on the rivalry between Moriah and Mecca

Ute Pietruschka (Göttingen/Halle): The sayings of early Muslim ascetics and pagan and Christian gnomologies. Cultural encounters in early Islam reflected in adab compilations

For more information:
This workshop is the second in the series being organised by the DEBIDEM (Defining Belief and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean) ERC project. All are welcome, but space is limited; those wishing to attend should email the co-organiser, Barbara Roggema:

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