Religious Interactions in Europe and the Mediterranean World: Coexistence and Dialogue from the 12th to the 20th Centuries

Religious Interactions in Europe and the Mediterranean World: Coexistence and Dialogue from the 12th to the 20th Centuries

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The religious histories of Christian and Muslim countries in Europe and Western Asia are often treated in isolation from one another. This can lead to a limited and simplistic understanding of the international and interreligious interactions currently taking place. This edited collection brings these national and religious narratives into conversation with each other, helping readers to formulate a more sophisticated comprehension of the social and cultural factors involved in the tolerance and intolerance that has taken place in these areas, and continues today.

Part One of this volume examines the history of relations between people of different Christian confessions in western and central Europe. Part Two then looks at the relations between Western and Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the vast area that extends around the Mediterranean from the Iberian Peninsula to western Asia. Each Part ends with a Conclusion that considers the wider implications of the preceding essays and points the way toward future research.

Bringing together scholars from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and America this volume embodies an international collaboration of unusual range. Its comparative approach will be of interest to scholars of Religion and History, particularly those with an emphasis on interreligious relations and religious tolerance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351722162
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/14/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Katsumi Fukasawa is Emeritus Professor at the University of Tokyo and Visiting Professor of European history at Kyoto-Sangyo University, both in Japan.

Benjamin J. Kaplan is Professor of Dutch History (Chair) at University College London, UK.

Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, and Fellow of the ‘Institut Universitaire de France’.

Table of Contents


Katsumi Fukasawa


Part I. Christendom divided: dilemmas of coexistence, attempts at dialogue

1 Crossing confessional frontiers in the sixteenth century: Frenchmen before the Italian Inquisition

Alain Tallon

2 Between Protestants and Catholics: Proposals for the establishment of universal peace and toleration

Miriam Eliav-Feldon

3 Sympathy for the secret society: The Family of Love, Humanists, and Guillaume Postel.

Taihei Yamamoto

4 God's vengeance and forgiveness for enemies: A new perspective on the Anabaptist contribution to the development of religious toleration and reconciliation in early modern Europe

Tomoji Odori

5 Do good fences make good neighbours? Living with heretics in early modern Savoy

Graeme Murdock

6 Religious conflict and community in early modern Ireland: The Presbyterian Question

Robert Armstrong

7 ‘When in Rome…’: Religious practice by Anglicans on the Continent in the 17th and early 18th centuries

Sugiko Nishikawa

8 Religious printed material: actor and witness of inter-faith rivalries in south-west France in the seventeenth century

Éric Suire

9 Port-Royalists as a catalyst for the inter-confessional dialogues in seventeenth-century France

Masanori Sakano

10 Protestants in the French Navy before and after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes: Political and social questions

Martine Acerra

11 Can erudite friendship break down inter-confessional barriers and promote ecumenical dialogue? The case of the correspondence of Cardinal Querini, Bishop of Brescia, with the pastors of the French Reformed churches of Prussia in the 18th century

Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire

12 ‘In death they are not divided’: The Irish Burial Act of 1824 and establishment of a ‘cosmopolitan’ cemetery in Dublin

Shunsuke Katsuta

Conclusion to Part One

Benjamin J. Kaplan


Part II. Religious pluralism from the Mediterranean to Western Asia, between acceptance and rejection

13 The Cathars in context. Why were the ‘bons hommes’ well received in the South of France?

Pilar Jiménez Sanchez

14 A Franciscan mission by Pope Nicholas III to Il-khan Abaqa

Mamoru Fujisaki

15 Wearing the blue turban again: Christian reconversions in Mamluk Egypt

Asuka Tsuji

16 Religious minorities and foreigners in Ottoman Cairo

Yutaka Horii

17 Religious policy in early modern Venice

Hiromi Saito

18 Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox in Venice’s overseas colonies

(mid-fifteenth to mid-seventeenth century)

Benjamin Arbel

19 ‘Chronicle of an expulsion foretold’: The Moriscos of Spain

Maria Ghazali

20 The religious commitment of Shāh ‘Abbās the Great, Safavid king of Persia, upon the evidence of European contemporaries

Inessa Magilina

21 Neither ‘Western’ nor ‘Orthodox’: Establishing Greek Catholic identity in the Ottoman Empire and beyond

Hidemitsu Kuroki

22 Druzes and Christians in Ottoman Mount-Lebanon: A rare case of religious symbiosis

Ray Jabre Mouawad

23 A Christian public space in Egypt: Historical and contemporary reflections

Febe Armanios

Conclusion to Part Two

Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire

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