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Law and Religious minorities in Medieval Societies : Between Theory and Praxis

October 24, 2016

Axe 3 : DYNAMIQUE DES ALTERITES : REPRESENTATIONS ET GOUVERNEMENT DES GROUPES CULTURELS ET RELIGIEUX

John TOLAN, Professeur d’histoire médiévale au CRHIA (Université de Nantes) et coresponsable de l’IPRA, a publié avec Ana ECHEVARRIA et Juan-Pedro MONFERRER SALA, le 9ème volume de la série RELMIN :

Law and Religious minorities in Medieval Societies :

Between Theory and Praxis

This volume shows through the use of legal sources that law was used to try to erect boundaries between communities in order to regulate or restrict interaction between the faithful and the non-faithful; and at the same time show how these boundaries were repeatedly transgressed and negociated.

Muslim law developed a clear legal cadre for dhimmīs, inferior but protected non-Muslim communities (in particular Jews and Christians) and Roman Canon law decreed a similar status for Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe. Yet the theoretical hierarchies between faithful and infidel were constantly brought into question in the daily interactions between men and women of different faiths in streets, markets, bath-houses, law courts, etc. The twelve essays in this volume explore these tensions and attempts to resolve them. These contributions show that law was used to try to erect boundaries between communities in order to regulate or restrict interaction between the faithful and the non-faithful—and at the same time how these boundaries were repeatedly transgressed and negotiated. These essays explore also the possibilities and the limits of the use of legal sources for the social historian.

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Lieu : Turnhout
Partenaire : Editions Brepols
Contact : John TOLAN : john.tolan@univ-nantes.fr