This is a joint initiative between NYU Abu Dhabi, Australian Catholic University, and ‘The European Qur’an. Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion 1150-1850 (EuQu)’ (University of Copenhagen).
This project aims to study and discuss the impact that encounters, interaction, and mutual recognition of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as well as non-Abrahamic religions, had on their historical development and their understanding of themselves and others. Particularly, we are interested in concepts that Jews, Christians, and Muslims entertained about themselves and about any other cultural or religious group and how these concepts changed over time.
In this context, ‘recognition’ involves cultural change by the exchange. It does not merely describe the act of attentively observing and distinguishing another as different from or similar to one’s own group. It also involves a recursive adaptation of self-definition and identity, facilitated by real and imaginary encounters, both peaceful and belligerent.
The interest is in how recognition functions in real world encounters between cultural groups and how it changes over time; how recognition employs media that communicate knowledge within and across cultural and geographical boundaries; how it uses true and false information about the other; and how it is affected by philosophical, theological, and ethical ideas openly or implicitly shared across cultural and geographical borders.