2012-April-28 to 29: ASTENE Study Day and Ashmolean Visit

On Saturday 28 April 2012, the day before the Oxford Study Day, there will be a late afternoon guided visit to the magnificent new Egyptian Galleries in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, followed by dinner at the nearby al-Salam restaurant. To book for these, please contact Patricia Usick at events@astene.org.uk.

‘Travellers on Pilgrimage’ is the topic of the Study Day at Rewley House, Oxford. Booking forms and details of accommodation and meals are available from OUDCE, Day and Weekend Programme Office, Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA or ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk.

The course will examine the experiences of the travellers Ibn Battuta (1304-c.1368), Cristoforo Buondelmonti (c.1385-c.1427) and Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) who visited holy places associated with, respectively, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. To that extent they were pilgrims, though a purely religious motive was not the only reason for travelling. Each journey was unique and they are widely separated in time. However, the travellers shared similar experiences, often related to the logistics of travel. The course will seek to isolate common themes.

The provisional programme is:

09.30 Introduction
10.00 Professor Malcolm Wagstaff : ‘Ibn Battuta (1304-c.1368) on the Road to Mecca’
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Dr. Paul Hetherington: ‘Sailing Across the Aegean to the Holy Mountain: The Visit to Mount Athos of Cristoforo Buondelmonte (c.1385-c.1427)’
12-30 Lunch
13.30 Rabbi Dr. Andrew Goldstein: ‘Moses Montefiore (1784-1885): A Jewish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (1827-28}’
14.30 Tea
15.00 Professor Malcolm Wagstaff :’Travellers on Pilgrimage:The Logistics of Travel’.