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1st Edition

Food and Religious Identities in Spain, 1400-1600

ISBN 9780367887216
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

In the late fourteenth century, the Iberian Peninsula was home to three major religions which coexisted in relative peace. Over the next two centuries, various political and social factors changed the face of Iberia dramatically. This book examines this period of dynamic change in Iberian history through the lens of food and its relationship to religious identity. It also provides a basis for further study of the connection between food and identities of all types.

This study explores the role of food as an expression of religious identity made evident in things like fasting, feasting, ingredient choices, preparation methods and commensal relations. It considers the role of food in the formation and redefinition of religious identities throughout this period and its significance in the maintenance of ideological and physical boundaries between faiths.

This is an insightful and unique look into inter-religious dynamics. It will therefore be of great interest to scholars of religious studies, early modern European history and food studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Boundaries of Faith

Chapter 2: Religion in the Meat Markets

Chapter 3: Gender, Preparation, and Identity

Chapter 4: Re-Educating the Moriscos

Chapter 5: Negotiating Morisco Identities


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Jillian Williams earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Bristol. In addition to her research, she has also worked as Guest Curator at the Oregon Jewish Museum. She has organized, presented, and chaired panels at national conferences in the U.S. and the U.K. as well as published several book reviews in scholarly journals.