Conflict and Conversion: Catholicism in Southeast Asia, 1500-1700

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Conflict and Conversion> explores how Catholic missionaries, merchants, and adventurers brought their faith to the strategically and commercially crucial region of Southeast Asia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This region conjured visions of the exotic in the minds of early modern Europeans, and became an important testing ground for ideas about the nature of conversion and the relationship between religious belief and practice. Some Southeast Asians adopted Christianity--and even died for their new faith--while others resisted all incentives, menaces, and cajolement to reject their original spiritual beliefs and practices. In this volume, Tara Alberts explores how Catholicism itself was converted in this encounter, as Southeast Asian neophytes adapted the faith to their own needs. Conflict and Conversion> makes the first detailed exploration of Catholic missions to the diverse kingdoms of Southeast Asia and provides a new connective history of the spread of global Christianity to this crossroads of the world.

This volume focuses on three areas which represent the main cultural and religious divisions of the broader region of Southeast Asia: modern-day Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. In each of these areas, missionaries had to engage with a variety of political and economic systems, social norms, and religious beliefs and practices. They were obliged to consider what adaptations could be made to Catholic ritual and devotions in order to satisfy local needs, and how best to counter local customs deemed inimical to the faith, which obliged them to engage with fundamental questions about what it meant to be Christian. Alberts seeks to uncover the conflicts over these issues, and the development of the concept of conversion in the early modern period.

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Tara Alberts obtained a PhD in history at the University of Cambridge before holding Research Fellowships at Jesus College, Cambridge, and at the European University Institute in Italy. She is now a Lecturer in history at the University of York.

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"Tara Alberts has written an excellent and ambitious book on the early history of Catholicism in Southeast Asia. It is ambitious in both the scope of the cultures studied and in the complexity of the subject matter. It is to Alberts's credit that she manages to hold these countries and challenges together with the lightest of touches as she leads the reader through otherwise confusing terrain."--American Historical Review


"To date, it is the most important historical analysis of Roman Catholicism in the region, which comes at a most crucial time in which the center of gravity of Christianity is shifting outside of its Western bastions."--H-Net


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