By Yaniv Fox,Yosi Yisraeli
The Mediterranean and its hinterlands have been the scene of in depth and transformative touch among cultures within the center a while. From the 7th to the 17th century, the 3 civilizations into which the area got here to be divided geographically – the Islamic Khalifate, the Byzantine Empire, and the Latin West – have been busily redefining themselves vis-à-vis each other. Interspersed through the quarter have been groups of minorities, resembling Christians in Muslim lands, Muslims in Christian lands, heterodoxical sects, pagans, and, after all, Jews. probably the most powerful vectors of interplay and impression among those groups within the medieval global was once inter-religious conversion: the method wherein teams or contributors officially embraced a brand new faith. The chapters of this ebook discover this dynamic: what did it suggest to transform to Christianity in seventh-century eire? What did it suggest to include Islam in tenth-century Egypt? Are the 2 phenomena similar on a social, cultural, and criminal point? The chapters of the booklet additionally ask what we can examine from our resources, which, now and then, supply a truly culturally-charged and particular conversion rhetoric. Taken as a complete, the compositions during this quantity got down to argue that inter-religious conversion was once a approach that was once recognizable and similar all through its geographical and chronological purview.
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