Sanjay Subrahmanyam, "Tolerance in a Minor Key: Early Modern Experiments"
Roma, piazza Navona 62, ore 17
Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Collège de France-UCLA)
Inaugural conference of the international doctoral workshop "What Place for Minorities"
Piazza Navona, 62
The early modern period witnessed a variety of experiments to define institutional arrangements within which ideas of difference could be managed. These included what Schilling and others have termed "confessionalization", which is to say the physical separation of groups into sovereign spaces; but they also included ideas deriving from the so-called "Pact of Umar", the arrangement purportedly defined in the 7th century at the time of the Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam. This talk will explore some of the ways in which such experiments emerged, and circulated as "modular forms", in a situation where empires both collided and competed.