[Humanist] 25.221 cfp: Doctor Virtualis 12

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 221.
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        Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:51:45 +0200
        From: "Massimo Parodi" <massimo.parodi at unimi.it>
        Subject: Doctor Virtualis 12 - Call for paper

Doctor Virtualis, journal of History of medieval philosophy, is edited by a
research group of the Università degli Studi di Milano, on paper and online

We are mainly interested both in the relationships between medieval and
modern-contemporary thought and in the possible analogies between present
and medieval themes.

For the number 12 the editorial staff decided to explore a particular aspect
of the relationship between the West and Islam in the Middle Ages: starting
from the theme of the journey to heaven, common to both the traditions, we
plan to analyze the possible relationship, for example, between the journey
of the Prophet Muhammad (Mi'raj) and Dante's Divine Comedy, taking into
account the long historical debate aroused by the work of Asin Palacios.

It will be possible to expand the field of interest to the theme of
"mystical journey" as an archetype of the relationship between Islamic East
and West, taking into account the reading of the history of Islamic
philosophy proposed by Corbin.

It would then be useful to consider the theme of "translatio studii" and the
literary exchanges between the Arab and Latin world, by taking into account
the journey of texts and works through the Mediterranean and by analyzing
the places where interchange and cultural and linguistic contamination took

Doctor Virtualis 12 will contain some papers provided by the journal editors
and concerning: the most recent developments in the historiographical debate
on the work of Asin Palacios and with the hypothesis of a direct influence
of the Islamic tradition on Dante's Divine Comedy; the mystical journey to
the East, through the study of Avicenna’s earthly travel, his works and his
imagined journey towards the “East of the soul"; the relationship between
Dante and Islamic philosophy and, in order to analyze the journey of the
texts and works, the literary contaminations between the Arab and Latin

In this framework we call for 5 papers on the following themes:

- What were the reactions of Arab intellectuals to Asin Palacio’s
historiographical assumptions about a direct influence on the Islamic
mystical tradition of  Dante's Divine Comedy?
- How to include these reactions in the context of the Arab contemporary
historiography on the cultural relations between the Arab world and Latin in
the Middle Ages?
- Which aspects of Mediterranean cultural interchanges Arab scholars are
concentrated in, and in what perspective?

- Introduction to Islamic tradition of Mi'raj through the religious and
literary sources
- Peculiarities of Mi'raj Islamic and of the afterlife visited by the
Prophet Muhammad

- The theme of the otherworldly travel as a topos common to the two
religious traditions (Christian and Islamic)
- Comparison and possible influences of the Islamic tradition on the West
- In addition to the trip of the bodies in the afterlife, it is considered
the journey of the souls through mystical experiences: which common themes
between the Islamic world and the West?

- In addition to the debate on the influence of Dante's Divine Comedy in
Islamic eschatology, how did the Islamic philosophy (Avicenna, Averroes,
etc.) on the thought of Dante?
- Through which channels and which readings Dante came into contact with the
Arab tradition of thought?

- What image of Islam emerges from Dante's Divine Comedy?
- Is it possible to make a comparison with other works (beyond those of
apologetics itself) that convey a certain image of Islam in the West?
- The Orientalist view of the Arab-Islamic world, as described by Edward
Said, is already present in medieval works? In which form?


September 2011  
title and abstract, not less than 4000 characters, to Doctor Virtualis

October 2011
acceptance from DV

April 2012
final paper due to DV

July 2012
peer review from DV
Send to: massimo.parodi at unimi.it, francesca.forte at unimi.it

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