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

Seth Kimmel


This book argues that early modern Spanish intellectuals revolutionized canon law, philology, and history writing through their struggle to eradicate Islam and its traces from the Crowns of Castile and Aragon. A primary engine of peninsular religious reform and disciplinary innovation was conflict among these scholars over the compulsory assimilation of recent converts (Moriscos) from Islam to Christianity. Over the course of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, competing communities of university theologians, classicists, Hebraists, recent converts, court advisors, and inquisition o ... More

Keywords: conversion, early modern, inquisition, intellectual history, intolerance, Moriscos, religious coercion, Spain, tolerance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226278285
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226278315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth Kimmel, author
Columbia University