Seth Kimmel: The Legibility of Ritual

Posted on August 29th, 2011 in Events

December 8, 12:15 pm- 1:30 pm, Encina Hall West, Room 208

Islamic Studies Workshop*:   Seth Kimmel (Stanford University), The Legibility of Ritual at the End of Al-Andalus*
(*Paper is available to Stanford affiliates upon request by email to

Dr. Seth Kimmel’s first book project, Erasing the Difference: The End of Islamic Iberia and the Transformation of the Disciplines, argues that debates about New Christian integration shaped legal discourse, comparative philology, and history writing in early modern Iberia. This workshop will focus on the first part of this story, exploring how the conversion of Iberian Muslims to Christianity in the early sixteenth century produced a radically literal approach to reading Christian ritual and scripture. For those interested in other aspects the book’s argument, the available workshop paper—a forthcoming essay in an edited volume entitled, Poiesis and Modernity in the Old and New Worlds (2012)—treats material from the book’s second section on the history of early modern Hebrew and Arabic study.

Seth Kimmel studies the literatures and cultures of medieval and early modern Iberia. He earned his B.A. in Comparative Literature and Religion from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Stanford’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities in 2010. Seth’s research interests include theories of secularism and religion, manuscript and early print culture, the history of cartography, and colonial narrative.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Forum.

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