Christian and Muslim Saints: Roles and Functions Compared, 12 November 2015

A workshop will be held on ‘Christian and Muslim Saints: Roles and Functions Compared’ on 12 November 2015 at Ertegun House, St Giles.

This one-day workshop will compare the role and function of saints in Christianity and Islam, and explore the very different realities that could lie behind the concept of a ‘saint’. It will explore the similarities and differences within sainthood as it developed in different parts of the Islamic and Christian worlds. This will include such issues as: relations with political power; the use of relics; the emergence of specific types of cult; the function of shrines and pilgrimage thereto; the place of intercession by saints; and their role as exemplars.

Speakers include:

Professor Sarah Ansari, RHUL, Professor Roderick Grierson, Rumi Institute, Professor Azfar Moin, Austin Texas, Dr Moin Nizami, OXCIS, Professor Francis Robinson, RHUL, Professor Bryan Ward-Perkins, Oxford, Dr Monica White, Nottingham, Dr Simon Yarrow, Birmingham

There is no fee but places are limited and registration is essential, contact: global@history.ox.ac.uk .