While comparative studies on purity and impurity presented in the last decades have mostly concentrated on the ancient world or on modern developments, this volume focusses the hitherto comparatively neglected period between ca. 300 and 1600 c. E. The collection is innovative because it 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.
Nikolas Jaspert, Ph.D. (1995), 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.
Stefan Köck obtained his M.A., Ph.D. 2007 in Japanese History (Ruhr-Universität Bochum). Since 2006 he is lecturer in japanese history at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and coeditor of the
Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung. His research interest is esoteric Buddhism in the japanese middle ages.
Matthias Bley, M.A., 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.
Contributors are: 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.
All interested in processes of interaction between societies and inidividuals of different creeds and cultures: historians, anthropologists, theologians.