The Brighter Side of Medieval Inter-Religious Encounters

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Abstract

Religious polemical exchanges were relatively common in the Middle Ages
and were probably not very pleasant experiences for those who took part,
particularly if they were members of the minority faith. When held in public,
the minority protagonists would have had to be very careful about what they
said and how they said it so as to minimize any possible repercussions for their
co-religionists. And even when held in private, these exchanges were fraught
with danger and the disadvantages far outweighed any benefit that might
accrue. The playing field was never level and there could ever only be one loser,
and it was not the member of the majority faith. Hence, these interactions
were not the ideal place for the exchange of ideas or the transfer of knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalMedieval Encounters
Volume22
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • European literature
  • Hebrew language literature
  • 400-1499 Medieval period
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • polemics
  • cross-cultural communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies

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