A group devoted to the study of Christianity in its global dimension, with particular reference to its non-European expressions. We are interested in historical, theological, anthropological, linguistic and gender approaches (among others).
Oral, Print, and Digital Cultures in World Christianity and the History of Mission
New College, University of Edinburgh, 25–27 June 2020
Proposals due: March 6, 2020
Registration deadline: March 30, 2020
The next meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of Mission will take place in New College, University of E…[Read more]
This study juxtaposes the concerns of Catholicos Timothy I (r. 780–823), leader of the Church of the East, with those of al-Jāḥiẓ (about 776–868/9), a popular Muslim writer, regarding the dangers for each community when Christians appear as plaintiffs or defendants in Islamic courts. Timothy’s Canons attempt to obviate some of the reasons…[Read more]
Eine kurze Geschichte der Heiligenverehrung rund um den wichtigsten serbisch-orthodoxen Heiligen. Dargestellt aus einer kultur-anthropologischen Perspektive und im Kontext der politischen Mythologien verschiedener Bewegungen serbischer Identitätsprojekte: vom Mittelalter bis in die Neuzeit, von dynastischer Kulturpropaganda bis zum…[Read more]
En el marco de las controversias indianas del siglo XVI, la obra de José de Acosta (1540-1600) refleja una nueva actitud intelectual que, más que plantearse el problema de la legitimidad del dominio español en América o los modos moralmente aceptables de conseguirlo, se enfrenta a la necesidad de asumir los hechos consumados y orientar el fun…[Read more]
The aim of this contribution is to review some of the major areas of current research on the Arabic Bible, along with the factors and trends contributing to them. Also we present some of the tools that are currently under development in the Biblia Arabica team, Munich.
We provide here a very condensed survey of the transmission of traditions,…[Read more]
The New Handbook of Syriac Literature (NHSL) is a born-digital TEI-encoded reference work for the study of Syriac literature. The first volume, Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica, was published by Syriaca.org in 2016 using a simple TEI schema to describe a single genre (hagiography) (Saint-Laurent et al. 2016; see also Saint-Laurent…[Read more]
According to Charles Taylor, faith in a secular age is cross-pressured; that is, it is contested by the presence of multiple accounts of belief and unbelief in contemporary Western culture. According to Taylor, these multiple accounts fragilize our own accounts of faith. This fragilization is what nurtures the conditions for believing today and…[Read more]
Victor Zorrilla deposited Economía, riqueza y ética en Bartolomé de las Casas y José de Acosta (Economy, Wealth and Ethics in Bartolomé de las Casas and José de Acosta) in the group World Christianity on Humanities Commons 4 years, 8 months ago
The new economic realities that arose from the Spanish presence in America produced a lively debate as part of the Indian Controversies of the sixteenth century. Two important theoreticians, the Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566) and the Jesuit José de Acosta (1540-1600) differed from one another in important ways, but n…[Read more]
The “Journal of World Christianity” was relaunched last year with a special issue devoted to the Munich School of World Christianity.
The journal is now published by the Penn State University Press.
The current and previous issues can be accessed through JSTOR:
Paolo Aranha deposited REVIEW: Giuseppe Marcocci, “L’invenzione di un impero. Politica e cultura nel mondo portoghese (1450-1600)”, (Rome: Cacucci, 2011) in the group World Christianity on Humanities Commons 4 years, 8 months ago
Review of a book by Giuseppe Marcocci on politics and culture in the Portuguese Empire in the long 15th century.
Paolo Aranha deposited From Meliapor to Mylapore, 1662-1749: The Portuguese presence in São Tomé between the Quṭb Shāhī conquest and its incorporation in British Madras in the group World Christianity on Humanities Commons 4 years, 8 months ago
This chapter explores the survival of a Portuguese presence in Mylapore (today a suburb of Chennai, South India) after the loss of its political and military autonomy. Notions of sovereignty and the boundaries between a pre-colonial and a fully colonial dimension are here questioned on the basis of a little known case study.
Paolo Aranha deposited “Les meilleures Causes embarassent les Juges, si elles manquent de bonnes preuves”: Père Norbert’s Militant Historiography on the Malabar Rites Controversy in the group World Christianity on Humanities Commons 4 years, 8 months ago
Norbert Bar-Le-Duc (1697- 1769), also known as Abbé Jacques Platel, Pierre Parisot, Pierre Curel, traversed identities and continents, making a career out of controversy, becoming knowns as “le fameux Père Norbert”. He worked in South India as a missionary in 1736-1739 and thereafter played a pivotal role in the Malabar Rites controversy. Back…[Read more]
This chapter challenges the idea tha Roberto Nobili was a pioneer of interreligious dialogue and inculturation. On the contrary, it suggests that his interest for our times is rather his theology of religions. A man of the Counter-Reformation, Nobili made propositions as daring as the ones of today’s “Asian theology”.
This article is an archival contribution to the reassessment of the concrete phases of Roberto Nobili’s education. Here I demonstrate that, contrary to what previous historians repeated, Nobili’s involvement with the College Romano was very short. Moreover, I have discovered that, before joining the Society of Jesus, he studied at the Seminario…[Read more]
The Jesuit missionary Alessandro Valignano, praised for adapting Christianity to the cultures of Japan and China, did not support a similar strategy for India and Africa. He theorized racial hierarchies in which a darker skin was associated with ignorance and vice, whereas the similarity to European physical features implied a higher degree of…[Read more]
Fra il 1704 ed il 1744 la Santa Sede mise al bando i riti malabarici, una particolare forma di adattamento del cattolicesimo alla società dell’India meridionale.
In una prospettiva eurocentrica essi hanno potuto essere considerati come un’anticipazione dell’odierna categoria di inculturazione. Da un punto di vista specificamente indiano tali…[Read more]
Paolo Aranha deposited «Glocal» conflicts: Missionary controversies on the Coromandel Coast between the XVII and XVIII centuries in the group World Christianity on Humanities Commons 4 years, 8 months ago
At the beginning of the Eighteenth century the Holy See was called to solve the controversy on the Malabar Rites. The Jesuits that were working in the missions of Madurai, Mysore and «Carnate» were blamed for their tolerance of pagan practices and caste discriminations against the pariahs. This article proposes a category of «glocal», syn…[Read more]
Paolo Aranha deposited Early Modern Asian Catholicism and European Colonialism: Dominance, Hegemony and Native Agency in the Portuguese Estado da Índia in the group World Christianity on Humanities Commons 4 years, 8 months ago
The history of the early modern Catholic missions to Asia provides an excellent vantage point to asses the relation between evangelization and colonialism. If the European expansion was an essential pre-condition for the creation of substantial Catholic communities in
that continent, nonetheless the neophytes did not coincide for most of the…[Read more]
In this article I analyse the Malabar Rites controversy in terms of spatial integration and exclusion of the subaltern castes of early modern South India. I argue that the morphology of the churches built by the Jesuits in the Madurai mission express a coherent vision of how the neophyte communities should be socially structured.
Missionary history has been acknowledged in recent years as a fundamental context for the emergence of European Orientalism. In particular, it is becoming clearer the specific cultural relevance of the Catholic missionaries to India, working under the Portuguese Royal Patronage (Padroado Real), depending from the Roman Congregation De Propaganda…[Read more]
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