A One Kingdom Solution?: Marriage, Diplomacy and Sovereignty in Muslim-Christian Relations during the 3rd Crusade
With Prof Adnan Husain
The Crusades are often portrayed as emblematic of a historic and abiding Christian-Muslim religious and civilizational conflict. This lecture explores alternative views to our inherited historical narratives by examining a curious episode in the history of the Third Crusade: an offer of marriage by Richard the Lionheart of his sister Joan of Sicily to Salah-al-Din’s brother al-Adil. Against prevailing views that dismiss the offer as unserious, the lecture explores the possibilities and implications of the marriage proposal in the context of Muslim-Christian relations broadly in the era of late 12th and 13th century crusading and Mediterranean history.
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Auditorium, Noor Cultural Centre
Dr. Adnan Husain is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Queen’s University. He now principally studies and teaches on the cross-cultural and inter-religious encounters among the Muslims, Christians and Jews of Latin Christendom and the Islamic world in the Mediterranean zone from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries.
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