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.
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.
The purpose of the Action is to provide a transnational and interdisciplinary approach capable of overcoming the segmentation that currently characterizes the study of relations between Christianity and Islam in late medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean.