AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit provides a venue for scholars of premodern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to examine questions of comparison and influence in a geographically and temporally defined context.
This Unit brings together scholars working on premodern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in order to create a venue where religious phenomena can be considered comparatively. We invite paper and panel proposals on all subjects related to religion in medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean. Individual papers might (and usually do) focus on one specific tradition, but presenters should be interested in engaging this material comparatively during the discussion period. Proposals that are themselves comparative in nature or that present novel approaches to the study of premodern religion are particularly welcome. This year, we encourage papers that explore the veneration of holy (or: especially virtuous) people in the premodern era. We are interested in how Jewish, Christian, and Islamic communities identify and celebrate such figures as well as how tales and other material evidence represent these figures as exemplars for others.