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By Claire Norton

the subject of non secular conversion into and out of Islam as a historic phenomenon is mired in a sea of discussion and false impression. It has frequently been seen because the everlasting crossing of not only a spiritual divide, yet within the context of the early sleek Mediterranean additionally political, cultural and geographic barriers. examining among the strains of a large choice of assets, in spite of the fact that, means that non secular conversion among Christianity, Judaism and Islam frequently had a extra pragmatic and prosaic point that constituted a sort of cultural translation and a way of building communal belonging throughout the shared, and infrequently contested articulation of spiritual identities. The chapters during this quantity don't view faith easily as a selected set of orthodox ideals and strict practices to be followed wholesale by means of the non secular person or convert. fairly, they research conversion because the acquisition of a collection of traditionally contingent social practices, which facilitated the method of social, political or non secular acculturation. Exploring the function conversion performed within the fabrication of cosmopolitan Mediterranean identities, the quantity examines the assumption of the convert as a mediator and translator among cultures. Drawing upon a various diversity of analysis components and linguistic abilities, the quantity utilises basic assets in Ottoman, Persian, Arabic, Latin, German, Hungarian and English inside numerous genres together with non secular tracts, diplomatic correspondence, own memoirs, apologetics, ancient narratives, reliable records and instructions, criminal texts and courtroom documents, and non secular polemics. hence, the gathering presents readers with theoretically knowledgeable, new learn just about conversion to or from Islam within the early glossy Mediterranean world.

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