Polemical Encounters: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Iberia and Beyond (Iberian Encounter and Exchange, 475–1755, Book 2)

December 1, 2020
Polemical Encounters: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Iberia and Beyond (Iberian Encounter and Exchange, 475–1755, Book 2)

This collection takes a new approach to understanding religiousplurality in the Iberian Peninsula and its Mediterranean andnorthern European contexts. Focusing on polemics—works that attackor refute the beliefs of religious Others—this volume aims tochallenge the problematic characterization of Iberian Jews,Muslims, and Christians as homogeneous groups.From the high Middle Ages to the end of the seventeenth century,Christian efforts to convert groups of Jews and Muslims, Muslimefforts to convert Christians and Jews, and the defensive effortsof these communities to keep their members within the faiths led tothe production of numerous polemics. This volume brings together awide variety of case studies that expose how the currenthistoriographical focus on the three religious communities asallegedly homogeneous groups obscures the diversity within theChristian, Jewish, and Muslim communities as well as the growingranks of skeptics and outright unbelievers.Featuring contributions from a range of academic disciplines,this paradigm-shifting book sheds new light on the cultural andintellectual dynamics of the conflicts that marked relations amongthese religious communities in the Iberian Peninsula andbeyond.In addition to the editors, the contributors are Antoni Biosca iBas, Thomas E. Burman, Mònica Colominas Aparicio, John Dagenais,Óscar de la Cruz, Borja Franco Llopis, Linda G. Jones, Daniel J.Lasker, Davide Scotto, Teresa Soto, Ryan Szp