Religious Toleration: The Variety of Rites from Cyrus to Defoe

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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...
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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)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312222338
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/21/1999
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Orientation: Clarifying the Conceptual Issues 1
2 Cyrus II and the Political Utility of Religious Toleration 13
3 Toleration, Accommodation, and the East-West Dialogue 37
4 Natio and the "Variety of Rites": Foundations of Religious Toleration in Nicholas of Cusa 59
5 National Prejudice and Religion in the Toleration Debate between Bartolome de Las Casas and Juan Gines de Sepulveda 75
6 The Spanish Struggle for Justification in the Conquest of America: Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Writings on Spanish America 93
7 The Toleration of Muslims in Renaissance England: Practice and Theory 127
8 "Woe unto you that laugh now!": Humor and Toleration in Overton and Shaftesbury 147
9 Bayle and Leibniz: Two Paradigms of Tolerance and Some Reflections on Goodness without God 173
10 From Denominationalism to Enlightenment: Pufendorf, Le Clerc, and Thomasius on Toleration 191
11 Daniel Defoe: Dissent, Economics, and Toleration 211
Annotated Bibliography of Religious Peace, Concord, and Toleration Literature: 1500-1700 229
Contributors 247
Index 249
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