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

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

Seth Kimmel


In the 16th and 17th centuries, competing scholarly groups sought to outline a Spain that was once, no less than formally, totally Christian, no matter if many suspected that more recent converts from Islam and Judaism have been Christian in identify merely. in contrast to past books on conversion in early glossy Spain, despite the fact that, Parables of Coercion focuses no longer at the adventure of the converts themselves, yet relatively on how questions surrounding conversion drove spiritual reform and scholarly innovation.
            In its cautious exam of the way Spanish authors remodeled the heritage of scholarship via debate approximately compelled spiritual conversion, Parables of Coercion makes us reconsider what we suggest by way of tolerance and intolerance, and exhibits that debates approximately pressured conversion and assimilation have been additionally disputes over the tools and practices that demarcated one scholarly self-discipline from another.

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