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The book rebuilds a little known event: the arrival of thousands of exiled moriscos in Italy, descendant of Arabic-muslim origins, occupying Iberic Peninsula for centuries. Christianised after the Reconquista (1492), they were often accused of crypto-Islamism and treason and finally expelled and deported from Spain (1609-1614). What were the obstacles of refugees in the exodus? How did the authorities behave facing their landings? In which way did refugees interact with local populations? Current questions posed to ancient problems, already experienced in other occasions in Italy, in its political fragmentation.

Bruno Pomara Saverino

Rifugiati, I moriscos e l’Italia

Firenze University Press, Firenze 2017

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Questioned identities: coexististence and interreligious conflicts in the Mediterranean

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The concept of identity is one of the most debated in social science. Coexistence between Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Mediterranean during the Medieval and Modern era is a perfect geographical and chronological setting to question the utility of this concept. Thanks to some European researchers’ works, a global revision of the concept is analysed in this book through history, history of arts and literature. Which role will religions and politics play in the re-affirmation of Mediterranean peoples’ different identities? Which myths marked religious otherness studies? Which role will art play as a catalyst for those conflicts? These are some of the focal questions of this book, and the authors will try to answer.

edited by: Borja Franco Bruno Pomara Manuel Lomas Bárbara Ruiz

Identidades cuestionadas : Coexistencia y conflictos interreligiosos en el Mediterráneo (ss. XIV-XVIII)

Universitat de València, Valencia 2016

For Heaven’s sake – becoming Christians in Florence, XVIIth-XVIIIth centuries

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In this work, the author examines the phenomenon of conversions to Catholicism in Florence between XVIIth and XVIIIth century, starting from the reconstruction of the catechumen’s House history. In the second half of the XVIIth century, thanks to a Florentine aristocrat woman’s will, the institution hosted infidels of every origin, and the number of conversions grew considerably. Such liberality led to a difficult economic crisis that the grand-dukes of Lorraine tried to fix, by limiting the actions just for Tuscan subjects. However, priests did not stop abusing or interfering, most of all against Jews.

Samuela Marconcini

Per amor del cielo
Farsi cristiani a Firenze tra Seicento e Settecento

Firenze University Press, Firenze 2016

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Lourdes: the miracles stories – origin and development of a worldwide devotion

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The work’s purpose is to explain which causes contributed to the success of Lourdes and its devotion. This analysis starts from the comparison between the 18 Marian apparitions in Lourdes and other similar events happened in France, which had different results. After an initial contextualisation, some key aspects of Catholic Church of that age are analysed. In this study, two fields are examined in depth, according to the purpose of the text: medical science and literature, both connected with the topic of miracles.

Alessandro Di Marco

Lourdes: storie di miracoli
Genesi e sviluppo di una devozione planetaria

Firenze University Press, Firenze 2016

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