Through Your Eyes: Religious Alterity and the Early Modern Western Imagination


The focus of Through Your Eyes: Religious Alterity and the Early Modern Western Imagination is the (mostly Western) understanding, representation and self-critical appropriation of the "religious other" between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Mutually constitutive processes of selfing/othering are observed through the lenses of creedal Jews, a bhakti Brahmin, a widely translated Morisco historian, a collector of Western and Eastern singularia, Christian missionaries in Asia, critical converts, toleration theorists, and freethinkers: in other words, people dwelling in an 'in-between' space which undermines any binary conception of the Self and the Other. The genesis of the volume was in exchanges between eight international scholars and the two editors, intellectual historian Giovanni Tarantino and anthropologist Paola von Wyss-Giacosa, who share an interest in comparatism, debates over toleration, and history of emotions.

Contributors are: Daniel Barbu, Vincent Carretta, Ananya Chakravarti, Talya Fishman, Rolando Minuti, Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, Paul Rule, Knut Martin Stünkel, Giovanni Tarantino, and Paola von Wyss-Giacosa.

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Giovanni Tarantino, University of Florence, is the Chair of the COST Action ‘People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean (1492–1923)’ and co-editor of the journals Cromohs and Emotions: History, Culture, Society.
Paola von Wyss-Giacosa, researcher and guest curator at the Ethnographic Museum, University of Zurich, is author of Religionsbilder der frühen Aufklärung: Bernard Picarts Bildtafeln für die ‘Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde’ (2006).
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Introduction: The “Religious Other” through Early Modern Eyes
Giovanni Tarantino and Paola von Wyss-Giacosa

1 Confessionalisation in Jewish Culture? Creedal Moments from the Middle Ages through the Late Eighteenth Century
Talya Fishman

2 Silencing the Other: Eknath’s Hiṇdu-Turk Saṁvād and Thomas Stephens’ Discurso sobre a vinda de Jesu Christo
Ananya Chakravarti

3 Seeing Oneself through the Eyes of a Morisco: The European Translations of Miguel de Luna’s Historia verdadera del Rey d. Rodrigo
Fernando Rodríguez Mediano

4 Through the Eyes of Idolatry: Pignoria’s 1615 Argument on the Conformità of Idols from the West and East Indies with Egyptian Gods
Paola von Wyss-Giacosa

5 The Religious Other as Perceived by the Chinese and by Early Western Missionaries
Paul A. Rule

6 Radical Attitudes towards the Religions of Siam in Early Eighteenth-Century French Thought
Rolando Minuti

7 What Is Left of Religion after Christianity Unveiled? D’Holbach’s Perspectives
Knut Martin Stünkel

8 Through African Eyes: Eighteenth-Century Black Atlantic Authors Confront Christianity
Vincent Carretta

9 From Labelling and Ridicule to Understanding: The Novelty of Bernard and Picart’s Religious Comparatism
Giovanni Tarantino

Afterword: Cannibalism and History
Daniel Barbu

Postgraduates and researchers interested in early modern comparatism, antiquarianism, orientalism, entangled and connected histories, religious studies and Enlightenment studies.
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