Beyond Exclusivism: On the Three Rings, the Three Impostors, and the Discourse of Multiplicity during the Middle Ages

Seminar, DHI London

Are monotheistic religions intolerant by nature? This question has been widely discussed with special attention to historical events such as the Crusades, the Inquisition, and jihad between 600 and 1500. This seminar discusses religious diversity during the Middle Ages, reassessing the well-known stories of the three rings and the three impostors.

Dorothea Weltecke is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Constance. Her research focuses on the history of the medieval religions of Europe and the Middle East, the Crusades, and exchange and conflict between Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Her publications include ‘Der Narr spricht: Es ist kein Gott’: Studien zu Atheismus, Unglauben und Glaubenszweifel vom 12. Jahrhundert bis zur Neuzeit (2010) and Die ‘Beschreibung der Zeiten’ von Mor Michael dem Großen,1126–1199 (2003).