Parables Of Coercion: Conversion And Knowledge At The End Of Islamic Spain by Seth KimmelParables Of Coercion: Conversion And Knowledge At The End Of Islamic Spain by Seth Kimmel

Parables Of Coercion: Conversion And Knowledge At The End Of Islamic Spain

bySeth Kimmel

Hardcover | October 12, 2015

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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.
Seth Kimmel is assistant professor of Latin American and Iberian cultures at Columbia University. He lives in New York.
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Title:Parables Of Coercion: Conversion And Knowledge At The End Of Islamic SpainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:October 12, 2015Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022627828X

ISBN - 13:9780226278285

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"Drawing together both more and less well-known figures and debates in insightful ways, Parables of Coercion vividly demonstrates the variety and range of early modern Spanish intellectual culture and thus offers a genuine contribution to the field."