TGHS – Michaelmas 2011 – Religion in Global History

For generations of historians religion has provided a window to the nature of human experience and an important framework for studies of civilisations, world history and (more recently) globalisation. Intricately connected to the political and cultural dynamics of particular societies, religious beliefs, practices and institutions also transcend natural and political boundaries, creating new synchronicities, hybrids and antagonisms as they travel.
This term the Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar presents a series of seminars on Religion in Global History. We will be welcoming speakers working on a series of related topics, stretching from the medieval to the modern.

Week 2 (18 Oct) Dr Catherine Holmes and Dr John Watts (Oxford)
‘Towards a Global Middle Ages: A Roundtable Discussion of a New Oxford-based Initiative’

Week 4 (1 Nov) Dr Kirsten Rüther (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
‘Conversion in Botshabelo, South Africa: Local Religious Dynamics in Transnational Perspective (1861-1892)’

Week 6 (15 Nov) Dr Noel Malcolm (Oxford)
‘Christian Converts to Islam in the Early Modern Period’

Week 8 (29 Nov) Dr John Stuart (Kingston)
‘British Missionaries and “Religious Liberty” in Egypt 1919-48’