Call for Papers: Convivencia and Religious Language: Dialogue of Religions on the Iberian Peninsula

The Iberian Peninsula of the Middle Ages is quite often described as an ideal place of religious encounters. Terms like "golden century" are sometimes employed to describe that time. Although descriptions like that are in more than one respect difficult they point to an important aspect. Time and place in focus made it possible that members of three major religions – Christians, Muslims, and Jews – met and exchanged knowledge and religious ideas. Translations of Arabic-written scientific and religious works into Hebrew or Latin were numerous, but also translations of Latin works into Hebrew or even into Arabic took place. These translations as well as personal encounters enabled religious thinkers to their own religious beliefs and to develop new religious insights.

Thus, the Iberian Peninsula forms the ideal place to show how the contact between members of the three monotheistic religions had an impact on their respective religious language.

In the workshop we want to analyse different models of that kind of forming of language in concrete contact situations.

Costs for accommodation (June 4th-5th) and catering will be covered by the organizers. Whether travel costs might be covered as well is still under negotiation.

The Organizing Committee invites the submission of papers and contributions of about 30 minutes on all aspects related to the main theme of the workshop. A publication of the papers is planned.

Authors of papers should submit abstracts specifying the author's name, affiliation and e-mail address.

Abstracts should be around 200-300 words and should be sent by e-mail, as attachments (preferable as PDF or RTF), to Görge Hasselhoff ( and (!) Knut Martin Stünkel (

Deadline for submission is 22 April 2013. We will notify authors of accepted papers by May 1st, 2013 at the latest. 

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