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Charisma and Religious Authority: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Preaching, 1200-1500

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This volume of essays concentrates on the effects of preaching in late medieval and early modern Europe, particularly through the concept of charisma, a term introduced into the discussion of religion and politics by Max Weber. Used by Weber, the term indicates the power of a person to move others to action, to animate and mobilize them. The late medieval and early modern periods witnessed the emergence of preachers who became powerful public figures central to the mobilization of populations towards religious ...

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Overview

This volume of essays concentrates on the effects of preaching in late medieval and early modern Europe, particularly through the concept of charisma, a term introduced into the discussion of religion and politics by Max Weber. Used by Weber, the term indicates the power of a person to move others to action, to animate and mobilize them. The late medieval and early modern periods witnessed the emergence of preachers who became powerful public figures central to the mobilization of populations towards religious reform or crusades. Such preachers were also enmeshed in civic life and the life of courts. Super-preachers like Bernardino of Siena and John of Capistrano shaped opinion on a wide range of issues: the ethics of business, marriage and gender relations, attitudes towards minorities, the poor and social responsibility, as well as the role of kings and other rulers in society. Preaching events were the mass media of the day, and in their wake could follow pogrom, lay revival, crusade, peace movement, or reconciliation within a faction-riven city. The power of these events was great and not merely confined to the Christian community. This volume introduces for the first time a comparative dimension which looks at the theme of charisma and religious authority in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim preaching traditions.

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  • ISBN-13: 9782503528595
  • Publisher: Brepols Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/30/2010
  • Language: Arabic
  • Series: Europa Sacra Series , #4
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

List of Contributors

Introduction Miri Rubin Rubin, Miri 1

Part I Preaching and Charismatic Authority

Prophetic Performances: Reproducing the Charisma of the Prophet in Medieval Islamic Preaching Linda G. Jones Jones, Linda G. 19

Tauler's Minnenclich Meister: Charisma and Authority in the Vernacular Mystical Tradition of the Low Countries and the Rhineland Geert Warnar Warnar, Geert 49

Part II Charismatic Preaching and Polemics

Crisis and Charismatic Authority in Hildegard of Bingen's Preaching against the Cathars Beverly Mayne Kienzle Kienzle, Beverly Mayne 73

Attempts to Control the Pulpit: Medieval Judaism and Beyond Marc Saperstein Saperstein, Marc 93

Audience and Authority in Medieval Islam: The Case of Popular Preachers Jonathan P. Berkey Berkey, Jonathan P. 105

Part III Preaching and Performance

Italian Pulpits: Preaching, Art, and Spectacle Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby Debby, Nirit Ben-Aryeh 123

Preaching and Publicness: St John of Capestrano and the Making of his Charisma North of the Alps Otto Sandor Gecser Gecser, Otto Sandor 145

Part IV Charisma and Sacred Place

áPreaching to the People, Dressed as a Hermit': The Discreet Charm of Italian Hermits George Ferzoco Ferzoco, George 163

Places and Gestures of Women's Praching in Quattro-and Cinquecento Italy Gabriella Zarri Zarri, Gabriella 177

Part V The Preacher's Charisma and Political Change

Virtue and the Common Good: Moral Discourse and Political Practice in the Good Parliament, 1376 Christopher Fletcher Fletcher, Christopher 197

Can Orthodoxy Be Charismatic? The Preaching of Jean Gerson Mishtooni Bose Bose, Mishtooni 215

Rhetorics of Transcendence: Conflict and Intercession in Communal Italy, 1300-1500 Stephen J. Milner Milner, Stephen J. 235

Index 253

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