This book explores the strategies adopted by the Jesuit missions under the Portuguese and Spanish patronage vis-à-vis Islamic powers such as the Mughal Empire in South Asia and the expansion of Islam in the Southeast-Asian peripheries. Based on a comparative perspective, this book examines the interconnections between the Jesuit proselytizing activities and the imperial projects of the Iberian crowns in Asia, highlighting the role of the Jesuit missionaries operating in Asian Islamic settings as diplomatic and cultural mediators. It is aimed at researchers and students working on Jesuit missions in South Asia, the Portuguese and Spanish Empires in Asia, early modern cross-cultural diplomacy, early modern travel accounts, and early modern ethnography.
Alexandre Coello de la Rosa is senior professor in the Humanities Department at the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF, Barcelona). His main lines of research deal with historical anthropology, chronicles of the Indies, and early modern Spanish colonialism, with a special focus on the ecclesiastical history of the Marianas and the Philippines.
João Vicente Melo is a Ramón y Cajal fellow at Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville. He has published widely on cross-cultural diplomacy, religious missions, and the diplomatic practices of the Portuguese Empire in Asia.
Preliminary Note Abstract Keywords
2 Jesuits and Islam in the Portuguese Estado the Índia
3 Diplomacy and Proselytizing in the Deccan: The Jesuit Missions to Bijapur (c.1561–1667)
4 Hoping for a New Constantine: the Jesuit Mission to the Mughal Court (1580–1773)
5 Jesuit–Islam Interaction in the Southern Philippines and the Moluccas (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries)
6 Mindanao, Sulu, and the Spanish–Moro Wars (Seventeenth Century)
7 Mindanao, Sulu, and the Spanish–Moro Wars (Eighteenth Century)
This book targets a wide audience, from specialized public and research libraries to scholars and students working on Jesuit missions in South Asia, the Portuguese and Spanish Empires in Asia, early modern cross-cultural diplomacy, early modern travel accounts, and early modern ethnography. Keywords: Jesuit missions, Mughal Empire, Bijapur, Philippines, Portuguese Empire, Spanish Empire, cross-cultural exchanges, cross-cultural diplomacy.