Religion and Economy in the Middle Ages

Religion and Economy in the Middle Ages

Christian Scholl and Colin Arnaud (WWU Münster) in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” and the "Arbeitskreis spätmittelalterliche Wirtschaftsgeschichte"
Johannisstraße 4
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Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”
Findet statt
Vom - Bis
04.05.2023 - 06.05.2023
Colin Arnaud, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

The 10th conference of the working group on late medieval economic history (Arbeitskreis spätmittelalterliche Wirtschaftsgeschichte) intends to discuss the relationship between religion and economy in a global perspective.

Religion and Economy in the Middle Ages

The annual conference of the "Arbeitskreis spätmittelalterliche Wirtschaftsgeschichte" intends to discuss the relationship between religion and economy in a global perspective. Apart from papers on the Christian Middle Ages, there will be contributions on Islamic and Jewish contexts, as well as comparative studies on economic contacts in the interreligious sphere. Three thematic complexes constitute the focus of interest: the role of religious norms, the interdependence between religious discourse and economic activities, and the role of the economy in interreligious contacts.

Registration until 2 May 2023 to Aileen Pilger ( It is possible to follow the conference via zoom.


Thursday, 4 May

15:30 Colin Arnaud, Christian Scholl, (Münster): Introduction
16:00 Tommaso Vidal (Parma): Farming religion: Praxis and Ideology of Late-Medieval Assistance (North-eastern Italy, c. 1350-1450)
16:45 Ana Cláudia Silveira (Lisbon): The Franciscan Presence in a Medieval Port Town: Setúbal in the 15th and 16th Centuries

17:30 coffee break

Keynote Lecture:
18:00 James Davis (Belfast): A Pulpit in the Marketplace? The Influence of the Church on Medieval Retail Trade

Friday, 5 May

9:00 Tim Weitzel (Regensburg): Gebet als Kapital
9:45 Thomas Frank (Pavia): The Economy of the Miracle (Christian Middle Ages)

10:30: coffee break

11:00 Dieter Friedrichs (Duisburg-Essen): Ecclesia und Encomienda. Wirtschaftliche Ausbeutung unter religiöser Legitimation in der Conquista von Mexico-Tenochtitlan
11:45 Francesco Gusella (Münster): The “Spices and Christians” Dilemma: Economistic and Messianic Views on Indo-Portuguese Art (1890s-1990s)

12:30 lunch break

14:00 Jasid Abdul Kader (Vienna): Beispiele islamischer Normen in Bezug auf wirtschaftliche Handlungen (Maghreb, 9. bis 15. Jahrhundert)
14:45 Danny Grabe (Jena): What about the Cheese? Jewish-Christian Cooperation in Agriculture and Crafts in the 11th Century

15:30 coffee break

16:00 Christoph Cluse (Trier): Excommunication for Debt in the Middle Ages – Traces from the Dioceses of the Empire

Saturday, 6 May

9:00 Laura Righi (Bologna): Administering usury: Credit and interest rates between Canon law and civic legislation (12th-14th c.)
9:45 Norbert Oberauer (Münster): The Islamic prohibition of interest and its "circumvention": On the history of a legal stratagem

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Tanja Skambraks (Mannheim): The relationship between economic ethics, law and practice with a focus on late medieval microcredit
11:45 final discussion


Aileen Pilger (