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Christopher MacEvitt to give talk, “Confronting Caliphs and Defeating Death: Martyrdom and Islam among the Franciscans,” November 15, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Christopher MacEvitt will discuss his most recent research on Franciscans who died as martyrs in Islamic lands and how Martyrdom replaced poverty as the highest value of the Order on Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 pm in Taylor Hall, Room 203.  This event is free and open to the public.

MacEvitt, an associate professor of religion at Dartmouth College, specializes in the history of medieval Christian communities, particularly around the Mediterranean. His talk will address how Franciscans staged confrontations between their humble brethren and caliphs and qadis in the late Middle Ages. In a period when crusades to recapture Jerusalem were failing, Christian theologians lamented the failure to convert Muslims to Christianity, stories of virtuous Franciscans dying at Muslim hands reassured Christians that their religion was still triumphant. The stories helped the Franciscans to overcome their own failures. Martyrdom replaced poverty as the highest value of the Order.

This event is sponsored by the History Department, under the auspices of the C. Mildred Thompson Lecture Fund.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, November 1, 2017