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Recognizing Religion(s): The Cultural Dynamics of Religious Encounters and Interactions in Historical Perspective
"Forms of Religious Recognition in Early Modern Iberia and the Ottoman Empire"

This is the second of a series of online seminars that will explore the historical, cultural, and geographical boundaries and contact points between the peoples of Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of the world, from the beginning of Islam to the near present. The series highlights recent and ongoing research in the interactions, habits, and concepts that facilitated ‘recognition’ of religion(s) and how these changed over time.

‘Recognition’ describes not merely the act of attentive observation and differentiation, but also implicit adaptation and appropriation, facilitated by real and imaginary encounters. We hope to contribute to knowledge of basic taxonomies and topographies of the contexts, forms, arenas, axes, and dimensions of recognition between cultural groups.

The series launches a joint initiative between NYU Abu Dhabi Humanities Research Fellowship for the Study of the Arab World program, the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University, and the European Qur'an: Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion project at the University of Copenhagen (EuQu). The initiative seeks to develop a series of international workshops and publications re-examining the dynamics of cultural change and exchange in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, over the course of their entire shared history, to the present day.

Presenters:
Mercedes García-Arenal - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid
Tijana Krstić - Central European University, Vienna

Moderator:
Jan Loop - University of Copenhagen

Timings:
Abu Dhabi 12:00 | Melbourne 19:00 | Perth 16:00 | Berlin 9:00 | New York 3:00

*Open to the NYU community and by invitation
*This webinar will be recorded for institutional memory and a recording will be made available afterwards

Nov 30, 2020 12:00 PM in Dubai

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Speakers

Mercedes García-Arenal
@Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales
Mercedes García-Arenal is a religious and cultural historian. She has a PhD in Arabic and Islam from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (1976). She was a post-doctoral fellow in the London School of Oriental and African Studies (1976-1978). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1988-89). Currently she is a Research Professor at the Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterraneo, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC, Madrid. She has been principal investigator of the ERC Advanced Grant CORPI (“Conversion, Overlapping Religiosities, Polemics and Interaction: Early Modern Iberia and Beyond”) (2013-2019) and is now Coordinator of the Synergy Grant EuQu, “The European Qur`an” (2019-2024). Her research focuses on the religious history of Iberia and the Muslim West, mainly on religious minorities: conversion, polemics, messianism, religious dissidence, and dissimulation.
Tijana Krstić
@Central European University
Tijana Krstić is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire. She is interested in social, cultural and religious history, especially in circulation of texts, artifacts, people and religio-political concepts across imperial, cultural and confessional boundaries. Her book Contested Conversions to Islam: Narratives of Religious Change and Communal Politics in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (SUP, 2011) explored how Ottoman Muslim and Christian authors narrated the phenomenon of conversion to Islam in the empire's formative period, between the 15th and 17th centuries. From 2015 to the present she has been directing the project “The Fashioning of a Sunni Orthodoxy and the Entangled Histories of Confession Building in the Ottoman Empire, 15th-17th Centuries” funded by the ERC, and in this context she has co-edited several forthcoming volumes of studies and sources situating religious dynamics in Ottoman confessional communities within the broader early modern Eurasian context.