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Book: Narratives of Peace in Religious Discourses

Chapter: Tolerance, Peace and Otherness in Spanish Jesuit Thought of the Baroque Period

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44444


In the course of their travels across the world, Jesuits encountered a variety of cultures, modes of life, and conceptions of religion. In this chapter, I shall introduce the notion of tolerance developed by the Jesuits in their manuscripts and printed books through two lines of research. The first relates to the political sphere, where contact with other societies led these writers to advocate peace, just war and, where possible, coexistence of multiple religions within one state. The second explores the Jesuit image of “the other” embodied, on one hand, in Juan Azor’s depiction of Jews and Muslims, and on the other, in the perception of Japanese culture as conveyed by eyewitness accounts of the Tenshō embassy to Europe.

Chapter Contributors

  • David Martín López ( - dmlopez) 'Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha'