Mellon Sawyer Seminar


Paul on the Road to Damascus
Paul on the road to Damascus

The period between the fourth and the eighth century saw two important movements of conversion, to Christianity at its start, and to Islam at the other end. Their historical significance has been enormous and it would not be overstated to say that they set the religious scene for the Mediterranean to this day.

Despite their importance, these two conversion movements have never been systematically compared to each other. Our aim in this seminar is to create an interdisciplinary forum where this can be done by specialists within a deliberately transversal and comparative framework. The rise of Buddhism in East Asia at roughly the same period has been included in the discussions to avoid remaining within purely Mediterranean models.

Full description of the Mellon Sawyer project on conversion (PDF)

Averil Cameron’s paper from the Opening Colloquium of the seminar (PDF)


This Seminar is organised with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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