Join Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Reyhan Durmaz, to discuss her book Stories between Christianity and Islam: Saints, Memory, and Cultural Exchange in Late Antiquity and Beyond.
Dr. Durmaz's research interests include Syriac Christianity, religion and society in late antiquity, hagiography, and Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle Ages. Her first monograph, Stories between Christianity and Islam: Saints, Memory, and Cultural Exchange in Late Antiquity and Beyond (University of California Press, October 2022), examines the transmission of non-biblical saints' stories and cults from Christianity to Islam. Her other research projects include study of rural Christianities in the Middle Ages in the eastern Mediterranean, and religious skepticism in the medieval Middle East. She is affiliated with the Ancient History Graduate Group, Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Middle East Center at Penn, and a member of the American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, North American Patristics Society, Byzantine Studies Association of North America, and the Middle East Studies Association. Dr. Durmaz also serves as the co-chair of the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins, a member of the Advisory Board of the Wolf Humanities Center, and a Faculty Fellow at the Center's Forum on Migration (AY 2021-22), and is a Faculty Research Fellow at Fordham University's Orthodox Christian Studies Center for the AY 2022-23. .