Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain

University of Chicago Press
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In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, competing scholarly communities sought to define a Spain that was, at least officially, entirely Christian, even if many suspected that newer converts from Islam and Judaism were Christian in name only. Unlike previous books on conversion in early modern Spain, however, Parables of Coercion focuses not on the experience of the converts themselves, but rather on how questions surrounding conversion drove religious reform and scholarly innovation.
In its careful examination of how Spanish authors transformed the history of scholarship through debate about forced religious conversion, Parables of Coercion makes us rethink what we mean by tolerance and intolerance, and shows that debates about forced conversion and assimilation were also disputes over the methods and practices that demarcated one scholarly discipline from another.
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About the author

Seth Kimmel is assistant professor of Latin American and Iberian cultures at Columbia University. He lives in New York.
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Publisher
University of Chicago Press
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Published on
Oct 12, 2015
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780226278315
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / Medieval
History / Europe / Spain & Portugal
History / General
Literary Criticism / European / Spanish & Portuguese
Religion / Islam / General
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