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Interfaith Love: Love, Sex and Marriage in the Islamicate World from the Middle Ages to the Present

Wednesday 22 June 2016 - Friday 24 June 2016
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 2
2311 BZ Leiden


This international conference seeks to explore, through a diachronic, interdisciplinary and comparative approach, how interfaith love is perceived and represented in historical, religious, legal, literary and artistic sources, both Islamic and non-Islamic. Narratives of interfaith love mirror a society’s understanding of cultural cross-influence, with its ‘dangers’ and ‘seductions’. As interfaith love concerns all the religious cultures involved in the process, the Islamic view will be complemented with that of other relevant cultures intertwined with Islam. This conference seeks to bring into focus the many facets of representation of this theme and trace its metamorphoses at turning points in history.


Organizing committee

Rosita D’Amora (University of Salento) Turkish Studies
Petra de Bruijn (Leiden University) Turkish Studies 
Samuela Pagani (University of Salento) Arabic Studies 
Monica Ruocco (Università L’Orientale of Naples) Arabic Studies 
Asghar Seyed-Gohrab (Leiden University) Persian Studies

Confirmed speakers

Eric Dursteler (Brigham Young University)
Betty de Hart (University of Amsterdam)
Remke Kruk (Leiden University)
Franklin Lewis (University of Chicago)
Annelies Moors (UvA)
Alan Williams (University of Manchester)


The conference programme is available here (pdf).


If you wish to attend the conference, please register by sending an email to LUCIS (lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

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