Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Reformation Era
Juden, Christen und Muslime im Zeitalter der Reformation
18 - 21 July 2017
Margaret Meserveis a historian of the Italian Renaissance and Italian Humanism, the histories of humanist history writing, ethnography, diplomacy, and news culture. Her first book, Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought (Harvard, 2008), surveys how fifteenth-century Italian scholars understood the rise and fall of Islamic empires, especially that of the Ottoman Turks. The book won the American Historical Association's 2008 Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize and the Renaissance Society of America's Phyllis Goodhart Gordon Prize for 2009. Meserve has also published articles on anti-Turkish polemics in the Renaissance; European reports on Samarkand and Safavid Persia in the centuries after Marco Polo; and the printing of crusade propaganda and news reports from the East in the first decades after Gutenberg. Two volumes of her translation of the crusading Pope Pius II's autobiographical Commentaries have been published in the I Tatti Renaissance Library. Meserve has won fellowships from the NEH, ACLS, American Academy in Rome, I Tatti, and the Newberry Library in Chicago. At Notre Dame she teaches courses on the Italian Renaissance and the early modern papacy and serves as Associate Dean for the Humanities and Faculty Affairs.