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Religious Toleration: The Variety of Rites from Cyrus to Defoe
     

Religious Toleration: The Variety of Rites from Cyrus to Defoe

by John Christian Laursen
 
Delving into rich but little-known sources, Religious Toleration combats the standard understanding of toleration as a development of the modern West by demonstrating its occurrence in ancient Persia and China, medieval Europe, colonial Latin America, and Europe before the Enlightenment. Cyrus of Persia returned the Jews to Jerusalem, founding biblical and

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Delving into rich but little-known sources, Religious Toleration combats the standard understanding of toleration as a development of the modern West by demonstrating its occurrence in ancient Persia and China, medieval Europe, colonial Latin America, and Europe before the Enlightenment. Cyrus of Persia returned the Jews to Jerusalem, founding biblical and Greek traditions of toleration. The ancient Chinese tolerated the Jews as well, and arguments for mutual toleration in early Spanish America came from both the Spanish and the native sides. From medieval times to the rise of commercial society, Europeans experimented with ideas about toleration that have been forgotten until recently. This book brings to light a substantial portion of religious history by reviving the heritage of toleration, and it is the first to juxtapose early theories and practices of toleration in a global comparative perspective.

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Delving into rich but little known sources, contributors combat the standard understanding of toleration as a development of the modern West by demonstrating its occurrence in ancient Persia and China, colonial Latin America, and Europe before the Enlightenment. They bring to light a substantial portion of religious history by reviving the heritage of toleration, and juxtapose early theories and practices of toleration in a global comparative perspective. Laursen is a professor of political science at UC-Riverside. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312222338
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/21/1999
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.04(d)

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John Christian Laursen is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside.

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