[Parution] Forced Conversion in Christianity, Judaism and Islam Coercion and Faith in Premodern Iberia and Beyond (Brill, nov 2019.)


Focusing on the Iberian Peninsula but examining related European and Mediterranean contexts as well, Forced Conversion in Christianity, Judaism and Islam traces how Christians, Jews, and Muslims grappled with the contradictory phenomenon of faith brought about by constraint and compulsion. Forced conversion brought into sharp relief the tensions among the accepted notion of faith as a voluntary act, the desire to maintain “pure” communities, and the universal truth claims of radical monotheism. Offering a comparative view of an important yet insufficiently studied phenomenon in the history of religions, this collection of essays explores the ways in which religion and violence reshaped these three religions and the ways we understand them today.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Forced Conversion and the Reshaping of Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Tradition, Interpretation, History

By: Mercedes García-Arenal and Yonatan Glazer-Eytan

Pages: 1–31

Uses and Echoes of Visigothic Conciliar Legislation in the Scholastic Controversy on Forced Baptism (Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries)

By: Elsa Marmursztejn

Pages: 33–59 

“Qui ex Iudeis sunt”: Visigothic Law and the Discrimination against Conversos in Late Medieval Spain

By: Rosa Vidal Doval

Pages: 60–85 

Theorizing Coercion and Consent in Conversion, Apostasy, Ordination, and Marriage (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries)

By: Isabelle Poutrin

Pages: 86–109

Again on Forced Conversion in the Almohad Period

By: Maribel Fierro

Pages: 111–132

The Intellectual Genealogy of Almohad Policy towards Christians and Jews

By: David J. Wasserstein

Pages: 133–154  

Medieval Jewish Perspectives on Almohad Persecutions: Memory, Repression and Impact

By: Alan Verskin

Pages: 155–172

On the Road to 1391? Abner of Burgos / Alfonso of Valladolid on Forced Conversion

By: Ryan Szpiech

Pages: 175–204

The Development of a New Language of Conversion in Fifteenth-Century Sephardic Jewry

By: Ram Ben-Shalom

Pages: 205–234 

 Incriminating the Judaizer: Inquisitors, Intentionality, and the Problem of Religious Ambiguity after Forced Conversion

By: Yonatan Glazer-Eytan

Pages: 235–265  

The Coerced Conversion of Convicted Jewish Criminals in Fifteenth-Century Italy

By: Tamar Herzig

Pages: 266–289 

“Neither through Habits, nor Solely through Will, but through Infused Faith”: Hernando de Talavera’s Understanding of Conversion

By: Davide Scotto

Pages: 291–327

Remembering the Forced Baptism of Jews: Law, Theology, and History in Sixteenth-Century Portugal

By: Giuseppe Marcocci

Pages: 328–353

Theologies of Baptism and Forced Conversion: The Case of the Muslims of Valencia and Their Children

By: Mercedes García-Arenal

Pages: 354–385  

Epilogue: Conversion and the Force of History

By: David Nirenberg

Pages: 386–403

Enki Baptiste

Doctorant en Histoire médiévale (Université Lumière Lyon 2 - CIHAM UMR 5648 / CEFAS USR 3141)

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