“On the Edge of Scholastic Europe: Ramon Martí O.P. Confronts Judaism and Islam”


Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies invites the University community and the greater Tucson public to join us for our 29th Annual Town and Gown Lecture and to step back for an evening into the intellectual, cultural, and religious world of thirteenth-century Iberia and North Africa. 

Thomas E. Burman (Ph.D., Medieval Studies, University of Toronto), Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, will give a public lecture, “On the Edge of Scholastic Europe: Ramon Martí O.P. Confronts Judaism and Islam,” on Wednesday evening, March 11, beginning at 7:00 in the UA School of Music, Alice Y. Holsclaw Recital Hall.  A flyer with additional details is attached and printed below.

A reception in the foyer of Holsclaw Hall will conclude the evening.  Both lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Professor Burman’s scholarly work focuses on the intellectual, cultural, and religious interactions between medieval Christians and Muslims in the western Mediterranean, using as its lens the translation and circulation of Arabic works in medieval and early modern Europe.  His books include “Religious Polemic and the Intellectual History of the Mozarabs, c. 1050-1200” (E.J. Brill, 1994), which analyzes the learned culture of the Arabic-speaking Christians of Islamic Spain, and “Reading the Qur’ân in Latin Christendom, 1140-1560” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), an innovative examination of the Latin translations of Islam’s holy book by European scholars and the manuscripts and early printed books in which these translations circulated.  “Reading the Qur’ân” is the winner of the American Philosophical Society’s 2007 Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, and it was named Outstanding Academic Title by “Choice” magazine.

Among his many distinctions, Thomas Burman has been Rockefeller Residential Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilizations at Washington University, St. Louis; a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow; and Abdul Aziz Al-Mutawa Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in the United Kingdom. 

In addition to numerous institutions throughout the United States, Professor Burman has given invited lectures in Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Finland, and Italy.  Most recently he was a plenary speaker at the 45th Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. 

The focus of Professor Burman’s current research is on Dominicans and Islam.  He is writing a book with the working title “Ramon Martí and the Trinity: Islam, Judaism, and the Scholastic Project.”

In 2001 he co-founded with Division alumnus Robert J. Bast the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee.

We look forward to welcoming you on March 11,


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