Religious Interactions in Europe and the Mediterranean World

Coexistence and Dialogue from the 12th to the 20th Centuries

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Katsumi Fukasawa, Benjamin J. Kaplan, Pierre-Yes Beaurepaire
  • New York, NY: 
    , June
     356 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

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.

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’.



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