Ilkka Syvänne, University of Haifa

Holy War and a Place in Paradise? Development of East Roman Holy War from the 4th until the 11th Century

Bio

Dr. Ilkka Syvanne (Syvänne/Syvaenne) is an Affiliated Professor of the University of Haifa. He was Vice Chairman of the Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies 2007-2016. He is the author of the Age of Hippotoxotai  and Military History of Late Rome Vol.1. The volumes 2-6 of the MHLR are due to be published in 2016-2019.  Caracalla and Britain in the Age of Arthur are due to be published in 2017. He has also written material for the Oxford UP, Wiley-Blackwell, and ABC-Clio. In 2006 he won the Society of Ancient’s price and he has also a MA in Finnish History.

Abstract

The research paper “Holy War and a Place in Paradise? Development of the East Roman Holy War from the 4th until the 11th Century” concentrates its attention on the practical military aspects of the holy war rather than on the religious doctrinal aspects of it so that it and analyzes the development of East Roman concept of holy war from the fourth century until the eleventh while keeping in mind the Greco-Roman inheritance and assesses what was the East Roman view of the Islamic Jihad and what parts of the Islamic Jihad the East Roman military authorities wanted to copy.