Medieval Studies Talk by Heather Badamo

Event Date: 

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 2041

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Free admission

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Dagger and Scabbard with image of St George (or St Theodore) and Arabic Inscription, Syria, Palestine or Anatolia, 13th century. Furusiyya Art Foundation, Vaduz  (© Heather Badamo)

St. George in Combat: The Furusiyya Dagger’s Icon and the Art of Religious Contest in the Eastern Mediterranean

Monday, January 23; 12:00 PM
HSSB 2041

Assistant Professor Heather Badamo will give a talk that examines how religious contest and military conflict in the eastern Mediterranean during the Crusader era fueled devotion to the warrior saints: a class of saints depicted as soldiers armed and ready for combat. Invested with divine power, warrior saints’ icons were at once signs of Christian victory and efficacious objects that assumed an active role at the spiritual frontlines. Paradoxically, these exemplars of militant devotion also facilitated interfaith exchange, thematizing the distinctive merging and redefinition of contradictory visual forms, religious practices, and theological concepts that took place at the frontier. Icons played a central role in the military practices and weaponry that created this culture. In this talk, we will explore how a thirteenth-century dagger combines Islamic motifs with an image of St. George to create a visual discourse of military power, religious piety, and magical efficacy that could operate across religious divides.

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Sponsored by the Medieval Studies interdisciplinary program, Department of History .