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Monday, March 4 • 14:30 - 16:30
#4/146.1 – Urban Religion in Historical Perspective

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The role of religion in creating spatial, temporal and social order in cities has been an important topic in research from ceremonial centres and cities of Meso- and South America to Near Eastern and ancient Mediterranean, but also Chinese, Indian and medieval European cities. A growing number of inhabitants and the increased density of interaction seem to have prompted (and enabled) processes of institutionalisation and the formulation of norms. Papers in this panel, however, suppose that any modelling that is limiting religion to a tool of government and administration on the one side and marginal groups on the other is mistaken. For the individual actor urban settlements present an enormously complex environment of constraints and affordances. Previous sacralisations and contemporary religious practices are part of that. It is the interplay of such acting and aspiring within urban space and as creating urban space that will be addressed.

  • Joerg Ruepke (Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt)
  • Cristiana Facchini (Alma Mater-Università di Bologna)

  • Joerg Ruepke (Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt) - Religion and urban space
  • Cristiana Facchini (Alma Mater-Università di Bologna) - The city and the sea: Remarks on religious diversity, port cities, and the sea
  • Emiliano Urciuoli (Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt) - Citifying Jesus in Imperial Rome (2nd-5th CE)
  • Margret Helen Freeman (University of Copenhagen) - “A saintly place for the education of scholars:” The Changing Face of Islamic Identity & Architecture in Mamluk Cairo
  • Vincenzo Lavenia (Alma Mater-Università di Bologna) - Religion(s) in the port city of the Popes: Ancona in the early modern age
  • Nimrod Luz (Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee) - Lived Religion as Urban Citizenship: A View from Acre
  • Carmen González Guttiérez (Universidad de Córdoba) - Islam encounters Late Antiquity: Urban religious spaces in al-Andalus in the Early Middle Ages
  • Miriam Benfatto (Alma Mater-Università di Bologna) - Shaping the sacred and the profane: The Council of Trent on cityscape and sacred spaces
  • Swaminathan Ramanathan (Uppsala Universiteit) - Islands of Faith: Dargahs and Secularisation of Everyday Work and Leisure in Mumbai

Language: English


Cristiana Facchini

Alma Mater-Università di Bologna


Vincenzo Lavenia

Alma Mater-Università di Bologna

Swaminathan Ramanathan

Uppsala Universiteit

Emiliano Urciuoli

Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt

Margret Helen Freeman

University of Copenhagen

Nimrod Luz

Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee

Carmen González Guttiérez

Universidad de Córdoba

Miriam Benfatto

Alma Mater-Università di Bologna

Joerg Ruepke

Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt

  • Language English
  • Language English

Attendees (7)