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Catholic Missionaries in Early Modern Asia: Patterns of Localization

Catholic Missionaries in Early Modern Asia: Patterns of Localization

1st Edition

Nadine Amsler, Andreea Badea, Bernard Heyberger, Christian Windler
November 07, 2019

Over recent decades, historians have become increasingly interested in early modern Catholic missions in Asia as laboratories of cultural contact. This book builds on recent ground-breaking research on early modern Catholic missions, which has shown that missionaries in Asia cooperated with and...

Medicine and Religion in the Life of an Ottoman Sheikh: Al-Damanhuri’s

Medicine and Religion in the Life of an Ottoman Sheikh: Al-Damanhuri’s "Clear Statement" on Anatomy

1st Edition

Ahmed Ragab
February 28, 2019

In 1768, Aḥmad al-Damanhūrī became the rector (shaykh) of al-Azhar, which was one of the most authoritative and respected positions in the Ottoman Empire. He occupied this position until his death. Despite being a prolific author, whose writings are largely extant, al-Damanhūrī remains almost...

Exile and Religious Identity, 1500–1800

Exile and Religious Identity, 1500–1800

1st Edition

Jesse Spohnholz, Gary K. Waite
February 27, 2018

Exile was a central feature of society throughout the early modern world. For this reason the contributors to this volume see exile as a critical framework for analysing and understanding society at this time....

John Owen and the Civil War Apocalypse: Preaching, Prophecy and Politics

John Owen and the Civil War Apocalypse: Preaching, Prophecy and Politics

1st Edition

Martyn Calvin Cowan
July 20, 2017

John Owen was one of the most significant figures in Reformed Orthodox theology during the Seventeenth Century, exerting considerable religious and political influence in the context of the British Civil War and Interregnum. Using Owen’s sermons from this period as a window into the mind of a...

Calvinism, Reform and the Absolutist State in Elizabethan Ireland

Calvinism, Reform and the Absolutist State in Elizabethan Ireland

1st Edition

Mark A Hutchinson
March 31, 2017

Despite the best efforts of the English government, Elizabethan Ireland remained resolutely Catholic. Hutchinson examines this ‘failure’ of the Protestant Reformation. He argues that the emerging political concept of the absolutist state forms a crucial link between English policy in Ireland and...

Indulgences after Luther: Pardons in Counter-Reformation France, 1520–1720

Indulgences after Luther: Pardons in Counter-Reformation France, 1520–1720

1st Edition

Elizabeth C Tingle
March 31, 2017

Indulgences have been synonymous with corruption in the Catholic Church ever since Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the church door in Wittenberg in 1517. Tingle explores the nature and evolution of indulgences in the Counter Reformation and how they were used as a powerful tool of...

The Renaissance Ethics of Music: Singing, Contemplation and Musica Humana

The Renaissance Ethics of Music: Singing, Contemplation and Musica Humana

1st Edition

Hyun-Ah Kim
March 31, 2017

In early modern Europe, music – particularly singing – was the arena where body and soul came together, embodied in the notion of musica humana. Kim uses this concept to examine the framework within which music and song were used to promote moral education and addresses Renaissance ideas of...

Food and Religious Identities in Spain, 1400-1600

Food and Religious Identities in Spain, 1400-1600

1st Edition

Jillian Williams
February 24, 2017

In the late fourteenth century, the Iberian Peninsula was home to three major religions which coexisted in relative peace. Over the next two centuries, various political and social factors changed the face of Iberia dramatically. This book examines this period of dynamic change in Iberian history...

Missionary Strategies in the New World, 1610-1690: An Intellectual History

Missionary Strategies in the New World, 1610-1690: An Intellectual History

1st Edition

Catherine Ballériaux
February 25, 2016

The study is an intellectual and comparative history of French, Spanish, and English missions to the native peoples of America in the seventeenth century, c. 1610–1690. It shows that missions are ideal case studies to properly understand the relationship between religion and politics in early...

Conversion to Catholicism in Early Modern Italy

Conversion to Catholicism in Early Modern Italy

1st Edition

Peter A. Mazur
January 25, 2016

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, conversion took on a new importance within the Catholic world, as its leaders faced the challenge of expanding the church's reach to new peoples and continents while at the same time reinforcing its authority in the Old World. Based on new archival...

John Bale and Religious Conversion in Reformation England

John Bale and Religious Conversion in Reformation England

1st Edition

Oliver Wort
January 21, 2016

Focusing on the life and work of the evangelical reformer John Bale (1485–1563), Wort presents a study of conversion in the sixteenth century....

The Laudians and the Elizabethan Church: History, Conformity and Religious Identity in Post-Reformation England

The Laudians and the Elizabethan Church: History, Conformity and Religious Identity in Post-Reformation England

1st Edition

Calvin Lane
January 21, 2016

Notions of religious conformity in England were redefined during the mid-seventeenth century; for many it was as though the previous century's reformation was being reversed. Lane considers how a select group of churchmen – the Laudians – reshaped the meaning of church conformity during a period of...

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