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Jews and Christians in the East: Strategies of Interaction between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean

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Project "JEWSEAST" data sheet

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Organization address
city: BOCHUM
postcode: 44801

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙999˙623 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙623 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM DE (BOCHUM) coordinator 1˙907˙073.00
2    KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM HU (BUDAPEST) participant 92˙550.00


 Project objective

This project analyzes Jews in Eastern Christian communities and Eastern Christian sources, beyond the Byzantine context, namely, relations between Jews and Christian communities in the Middle East Central Asia, the Caucasus, Ethiopia, and South India. In order to obtain a truly accurate understanding of the dynamics of Jewish-Christian relations in the non-Latin world during the Middle Ages, these various regions and traditions must be studied together because they were all profoundly interconnected through the exchange and translation of texts, artistic motifs and techniques, and other goods, via long-distance trade along the “silk road”, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean, which, of course, also entailed the movement and encounter of peoples, Jews and Christians among them. The research team endeavors to answer four intertwined questions: 1) what we can know about actual “real-life” interactions between Jews and a variety of Eastern Christian communities; 2) what were the meanings and functions of invented or rhetorical Jewish identities; 3) what is the significance of Jewish-Christian polemics, both written and visual, in lands or among communities where: a) there were supposedly few to no Jews, or Jewish identity was “invented”; b) there were Jewish and Christian communities who had the opportunity to be in regular contact with one another; 4) how were Christian stories, laws, biblical interpretations, or motifs in which Jews featured prominently, or Jewish tales and motifs about Christians transformed as they were transported from one cultural milieu to another? Because scholars have examined Jewish relations with Christians, and even Muslims primarily in the context of uneven power relationships; namely Jewish-Christian relations in Western Europe or Byzantium, or Jewish-Muslim relations in the Islamic one leaving Jewish-Christian relations untouched apart from shared communal structures, this project opens a new field.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Istvan Perczel
\"\"\"Documents about Mar Abraham and the European Missionaries\"\"\"
published pages: 90-131, ISSN: , DOI:
Mar Abraham and the saint Hormis Church, ed. Ignatius Payyappilly 2019-06-06
2018 Ophira Gamliel
Back from Shingly: Revisiting the premodern history of Jews in Kerala
published pages: 53-76, ISSN: 0019-4646, DOI: 10.1177/0019464617745926
The Indian Economic & Social History Review 55/1 2019-06-06

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