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Islam and the Crusades – The GCMS Summer Symposium

Islam and the Crusades

The GCMS Summer Symposium

Thursday, 20 June 2019: Van Emden Lecture Theatre, Edith Morley (lunch: G27L)

9.00: Start                                             

9.30: Registration

10.00: Rebecca Rist (University of Reading), ‘Introduction’.              

10.15: Andrew Jotischky (RHUL), ‘Monks and Muslims: Reform Monasticism and Islam in 11th Century Italy.’

11.00: COFFEE

11.30: Matthew Bennett (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst), ‘Military masculinity and cross-cultural chivalry in twelfth-century crusading warfare’.

12.45-2.00: LUNCH (included)

2.00: Jonathan Phillips (RHUL), ‘Saladin’s Struggle to Survive in Egypt: Generosity, Patronage and Display’.

2.45: TEA   

3.15: Jan Vandeburie (University of Leicester), ‘Lex Mahometi – The Changing Understanding of Jihād among Latin Authors, c.1125-c.1225’.   

4.00: Mohamad El-Merheb (SOAS), ‘Fanatical Raydāfrans (Louis IX), judicious Anbarūr (Frederick II) and the cruel Bābā (Pope): Islamic understanding of Frankish politics around the Seventh Crusade’.

4.45: Rebecca Rist (University of Reading), ‘Summary and Final Thoughts’.

5.00: End  

 To book your place (and pay if you are NOT a student) please use this link:


For more information on how to book your place or any other queries please contact: Luke Thompson at execsupporthums@reading.ac.uk or Rebecca Rist at r.a.c.rist@reading.ac.uk


20 June 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Edith Morley Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6UR United Kingdom
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