Hungary, Budapest

Jews and Christians between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean: Co-existence and Conflict

when 10 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 550

The course will introduce its students to the ways in which Jews and Christians interacted in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Indian Ocean in the period between 600-1800 CE. This is the topic of a research project aiming at establishing a new area of study – relations between Jews and Eastern Christian communities from the rise of Islam to the end of the eighteenth century, marking the colonial conquest of Mughal dominated India. Thus, Islam as a majority and as a minority religion constitutes the background against which the new picture on Jews and Christians is being painted. The study of inter-religious dynamics is anchored in the framework of medieval and modern cultural history concerning a vast geographical area that encompasses seemingly disparate lands from Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, through West Asia and the Caucasus, to South India, all connected through trade and travel.

Course leader

Alexandra Cuffel, Centre for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Istvan Perczel, Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Target group

Applications are invited from advanced Ph.D. and MA students, young researchers, advanced BA students (requires special approval). The call for applications will address students of history and culture as well as of contemporary studies in both the humanities and the social sciences, who would benefit from a deeper understanding and the reconceptualization of the present conflict zones.

Course aim

The course has two aims: 1) to disseminate the results of the research project; 2) to introduce the interested researchers/students into the required skills and methods (linguistic, philological and historiographic) that are needed for the exploration of this new field.

Credits info

Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 550: payable until May 28, 2017
EUR 500: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2017


Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver
• accommodation grant
• travel grant (full or partial)

- Participants from Ethiopia, India and the Middle East are eligible to apply for financial aid in all categories listed