Working Groups

WG2 - Migration and identity:
National identities, local identities, religious identities

The purpose of this WG is to spur debate on how migratory flows of Christians in Islamic territories, and vice-versa, influenced the shaping of the identities of the host peoples and immigrants during the Middle Ages and early modern period. This will look at exile, expulsions, gender issues, and simple population movements.

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Research Field 1

a) Soldiers, prisoners, converts, renegades and the expelled: permeability among moving groups

Common research questions: how wars and religious policies on acculturation for Islam influenced population migration and the fluidity of identity? what happens if we compare conversion/migration from Christianity to Islam and the reverse, analysing survival strategies on both sides?

  • COST Meetings
    International conference: Confronting identities: permeability and hybridity relationships among soldiers, prisoners and converts in the Mare Nostrum.
  • COST Training Schools
    Training School: Early Modern migration routes and the identity
Research Field 2

b) Trade and migration

Common research question: A very important phenomenon in the Mediterranean was an often highly profitable trans cultural trade, mostly made possible by different diasporas, what then was the role of trade in population movement and in creating identities? The principal centres of migration and trade will be looked at, mapping the degree of the interactions.

  • Deliverables
    Production of one book based on the findings of the Workshop.
  • COST Meetings
    One Workshop: The Morisco Diaspora and Diplomatic Relations and Commercial and Intellectual Networks across the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.
Research Field 3

c) Moving scriptures

Common research question: how and why Islamic manuscripts spread in Europe? Movement of Korans through the continent. Historiography on this process.

  • Deliverables
    One special issue in open access journal, related to the conclusions of the Workshop.
  • COST Meetings
    One Workshop: Historiography of the Perception of Islam through Manuscripts, Korans and their Displacement.
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