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The structure of Islamic toleration
Jonathan Benthall

College, before he studied anthropology in Cambridge, England, with such mentors as Edmund Leach, Meyer Fortes and Jack Goody (Yalman 1967 ; 2004 ). In any case, he predicts that Turkey with its tradition of free debate and enquiry, and its approximately 200 universities, will soon provide a home for a humanistic anthropology unconfined by regional or confessional limitations

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
Ireland’s contribution to Scottish Catholic renewal in the seventeenth century
R. Scott Spurlock

6 • Confessionalization and clan cohesion: Ireland’s contribution to Scottish Catholic renewal in the seventeenth century* r. scott spurlock Post-Tridentine Roman Catholicism has traditionally been understood to have made a minimal impact on the Gaelic-speaking west of Scotland during the seventeenth century. Having been chronically understaffed, the Catholic Church in the Western Isles was in a dire state by the reformation. Subsequently, it entered into a period between 1560 and 1620 labelled by Allan MacInnes and John L. Campbell as ‘moribund’.1 While

in The Scots in early Stuart Ireland
Geoff Baker

Chapter 4 . Reading the confessional divide B lundell’s commonplace books demonstrate an overriding concern with exploring Catholicism, in both religious and historical terms. A number of entries suggest his religious beliefs, which included a commitment to many aspects of Catholic practice and his views on what constituted a life of virtue. However, while he was a committed believer, his religious identity was more complex than he presented in his correspondence, and his commonplace books show that he struggled with particular aspects of Catholicism. None

in Reading and politics in early modern England
Mary A. Blackstone

 160 9 Henry V and the interrogative conscience as a space for the performative negotiation of confessional conflict Mary A. Blackstone Despite the relative distance in time between Shakespeare’s England and the upheavals of earlier Reformation and Counter-​Reformation periods, persistent aftershocks of anxiety surrounding religious belief and allegiance continued to destabilize the bedrock of English society from the level of the court and members of the nobility down to parish churches and their clergy and even to the level of Shakespeare’s groundlings

in Forms of faith
Author: Tom Betteridge

This book is a study of the English Reformation as a poetic and political event. It examines the political, religious and poetic writings of the period 1520-1580, in relation to the effects of confessionalization on Tudor writing. The central argument of the book is that it is a mistake to understand this literature simply on the basis of the conflict between Protestantism and Catholicism. Instead one needs to see Tudor culture as fractured between emerging confessional identities, Protestant and Catholic, and marked by a conflict between those who embraced the process of confessionalization and those who rejected it. Sir Richard Morrison's A Remedy for Sedition was part of the Henrician government's propaganda response to the Pilgrimage of Grace. Edwardian politicians and intellectuals theorized and lauded the idea of counsel in both practice and theory. The book discusses three themes reflected in Gardiner's 1554 sermon: the self, the social effects of Reformation, and the Marian approaches to the interpretation of texts. The Marian Reformation produced its own cultural poetics - which continued to have an influence on Tudor literature long after 1558. The decade following the successful suppression of the Northern Rebellion in 1570 was a difficult one for the Elizabethan regime and its supporters. An overview of Elizabethan poetics and politics explains the extent to which the culture of the period was a product of the political and poetic debates of the early years of the Queen's reign.

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Literary form and religious conflict in early modern England

This book explores a range of literary and theatrical forms as means of mediating religious conflict in early modern England. It deals with the specific ways available to mediate religious conflict, precisely because faith mattered more than many other social paradigms. The first part explores the ways in which specific religious rituals and related cultural practices were taken up by literary texts. In a compelling rereading of the final act of 'The Merchant of Venice', the book investigates the devotional differences informing early modern observances of Easter. Subsequently, it explores the ways in which Christmas provided a confessional bridge uniting different religious constituencies. Goodnight ballads were not only commercially successful pieces of public entertainment but also effective forms of predominantly Protestant religious persuasion. The book's consideration of Elizabethan romance links the literary form to the sacrament of the Eucharist, and argues that the Eucharist debate had an impact on Elizabethan romances. The second part 'Negotiating confessional conflict' provides a rereading of When You See Me You Know Me, exposing the processes of religious reform as an on-going means of mediating the new normality of confessional plurality. It examines the potential of the tragic form by a reading of the play The White Devil, and discusses the ideological fault line in the views of witchcraft. The book also shows that Henry V anticipates later sermons of John Donne that served to promote 'an interrogative conscience'.

Joel M. Dodson

 196 11 Foucault, confession, and Donne Joel M. Dodson This chapter reconsiders Michel Foucault’s critique of confession in order to examine, in slightly broader yet more methodological terms, what exactly we mean by negotiating ‘confessional’ conflict in late Reformation English literature. My aim is to use Foucault to re-​think Foucault:  to read Foucault’s later lectures on the ‘care of the self ’ as an alternate model for historicizing doctrinal affiliation in late Tudor and early Stuart literature rather than the penal or penitential vocabulary elaborated

in Forms of faith
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Duelling confession within the novel
Neil Cornwell

… my mother, dying in despair … and in my ears ring the terrible words of the scripture: ‘ Cain, where is thy brother? ’ (341) Permanent reclusion in this monastery has been the result. Further back, towards the heyday of the English Gothic novel, dubious monks and confessions are to be found aplenty. A striking example is Ann Radcliffe’s The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents: A Romance (to give it its full and, in this sense, revealing title), of 1797. 6 The opening

in Odoevsky’s four pathways into modern fiction
Confessional conflict and the origins of English Protestantism in Samuel Rowley’s When You See Me You Know Me (1605)
Brian Walsh

 13 6 Letters to a young prince: confessional conflict and the origins of English Protestantism in Samuel Rowley’s When You See Me You Know Me (1605) Brian Walsh In a recent assessment of the state of Reformation historiography, Peter Marshall notes that scholars have moved past both the traditional narrative of a ‘swift Protestant victory’ as well as the view of the ‘long-​drawn-​out and remarkably successful Catholic rearguard action portrayed by 1980s revisionism’. According to Marshall, we have begun to acknowledge instead that ‘the Reformation in England

in Forms of faith
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Tom Betteridge

Introduction Introduction . T his book is a study of the English Reformation as a poetic and political event. It examines the writing of the period 1520–80, political, religious and poetic, in relation to the effects of confessionalization on Tudor writing. The central argument of the book is that it is a mistake to understand this literature simply on the basis of the conflict between Protestantism and Catholicism. Instead one needs to see Tudor culture as fractured between emerging confessional identities, Protestant and Catholic, and marked by a conflict

in Literature and politics in the English Reformation