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New Book on Discourses of Purity

Sep 14, 2015

Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert, Matthias Bley, and Dr. Stefan Köck have edited the book "Discourses of Purity in Transcultural Perspective (300–1600)". The volume comprises fifteen articles and was published by Brill Publishing House in 2015. Prof. Jaspert holds the Chair for Medieval History at Heidelberg University and coordinates research project A28 "Commerce in Sicily".

The publication focuses on the hitherto comparatively neglected period between ca. 300 and 1600 CE, while comparative studies on purity and impurity presented in the last decades have mostly concentrated on the ancient world or on modern developments. The collection not only combines papers on both European and Asian cultures but also considers a wide variety of religions and confessions. The articles are written by leading experts in the field and are presented in six systematic sections. This analytical categorization facilitates understanding the functional spectrum that the binomial purity and impurity could cover in past societies. The volume thus presents an in-depth comparative analysis of a category of paramount importance for interfaith relations and processes of transfer.

Contributors of the book include: Aziz al-Azmeh, Matthias Bley, Sven Bretfeld, Miriam Czock, Licia Di Giacinto, Hans-Werner Goetz, Elisabeth Hollender, Nikolas Jaspert, Stefan Köck, Stefan Leder, Hanna Liss, Christopher MacEvitt, Hermann-Josef Röllicke, Paolo Santangelo, Ephraim Shoham-Steiner.

The book "Discourses of Purity in Transcultural Perspective (300–1600)" was published by Brill in 2015, in the series "Dynamics in the History of Religions". This series focuses on the crucial role of mutual encounters in the origins, development, and internal differentiation of the major religious traditions.

Nikolas Jaspert is Professor for Medieval History at the University of Heidelberg. He has published on the history of the Iberian Peninsula, Mediterranean history, the Crusades, and on medieval religious orders and urban history. He is in the coordination team of research project A28 "Commerce in Sicily".

Matthias Bley is a Teaching Assistant at the University of Heidelberg. His research interests cover notions of purity and defilement in medieval Christianity, the Crusades and Mediterranean history.

Stefan Köck is lecturer in Japanese history at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and coeditor of the Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung.


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