Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750)



Code . Cost Action CA18129

Start . 2019

Duration . 49 months

Principal Investigator . Antonio Urquizar-Herrera (UNED) / Alicia Miguélez (FCSH / NOVA)





Funding Entity

European Cooperation in Science and Technology


Main Institution

Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia




The purpose of the Action is to provide a transnational and interdisciplinary approach capable of overcoming the segmentation that currently characterizes the study of relations between Christianity and Islam in late medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean. Over the last thirty years, some separate geographic and academic areas have been defined in this research field: the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Central Europe and the Balkans, and Greece and the different islands of the Mediterranean. These different geographical areas have been analysed in isolation and have been further disjointed in a scientific context defined by the separation of disciplines and chronologies. The intention of the Action is to mitigate this academic distortion by creating a common space for scientific exchange and reflection. This space will involve institutions from 30 different European and Mediterranean countries as well as more than 80 senior and junior researchers coming from different disciplines (history, history of art, philology, anthropology, social sciences, history of the science, politics, etc.). The creation of this network will help to provide a comprehensive understanding of past relations between Christianity and Islam in the European context through the addressing of three main research problems: otherness, migration and borders. Beyond the strictly academic realm, the Action also aims to revive diversity and Euro-Mediterranean relations in education, at a moment when Europe is at a cultural and political crossroads.



The general objective of the Action is the creation of a stable network of researchers working on late medieval and early modern relations between Christianity and Islam in Europe, in order to identify common questions and open a transnational and transdisciplinary debate on them that will generate findings that can be exported to the entire academic community and society at large.







Action Leadership Positions

Action Chair: Antonio Urquizar-Herrera (UNED — National Distance Education University)

Action Vice Chair: Alicia Miguélez (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

WG 1 - The (imaginary) construction of the other: Borja Franco Llopis (UNED — National Distance Education University)

WG 2 - Migration and identity: National identities, local identities, religious identities: Emir Filipovic  (University of Sarajevo)

WG 3 - Beyond Borders: Ivana Capeta Rakic  (University of Split)

Grant Holder Scientific Representative: Elena Paulino Montero (UNED — National Distance Education University)

Science Communication Manager: Inês Coutinho (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

STSM Coordinator: Laura Stagno (University of Genoa)

ITC Conference Manager: Alexandra Merle (University of Caen Normand)


CHAMAndré Teixeira , Joana Bento Torres




Website COST — CA18129(Web)