Tag Archives: Islam

Byzantium, alt-right and hooliganism

As our readers will know, the Nordic Byzantine Network is not only preoccupied with the study of Byzantium as such, but also with the metahistory of its past and contemporary use. Such was, for instance, the topic of a two-day … Continue reading

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Christmas reading – new book by network member!

If you haven’t decided what to read over the holidays, the Nordic network can warmly recommend a new book. Olof Heilo has written a highly interesting and important monograph on Byzantium as a key to understanding the rise of islam, Eastern … Continue reading

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Things that are not mosques: neo-Byzantine cathedrals

A few days ago, the picture of a ballot box in front of Westminster cathedral – the metropolitan Catholic cathedral of London – evoked some sneering twitter remarks about “mosques” from a member of the nationalist British UKIP or UK independence party. The jeering response from social media … Continue reading

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At the Crossroad

A few hours before the SRII seminar “The Straits: Inquiries into a Crossroad” was set to begin, the three NBN members responsible for its planning and execution sat down at a café on Tünel square and pondered the outcome. Would … Continue reading

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Byzantium and the Arab World: a two-day seminar in Uppsala (September 18-19, 2014)

The increasing interest in the formative role of the Byzantine Empire to Christian Europe can perhaps only be matched by the booming market of studies on the rise of Islam. Since the two historical topics are intertwined for a period of some two … Continue reading

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