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Religious Co-existence in Malta, 1530-1798


 
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1. Title Title of document Religious Co-existence in Malta, 1530-1798 - Narratives of Peace in Religious Discourses
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Francis Ciappara; University of Malta; Malta
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Peace Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Order of St John; Malta; acculturation; religious tolerance; poly-religious society; religious coexistence
 
5. Subject Subject classification History of Religion; Religion and Politics; Religion and Society; European religious conflict
 
6. Description Abstract During the government of the Order of St John (1530–1798) Malta was a frontier city and a focus of religious border crossing. Christians of all shades, as well as Jews and Muslims both free and enslaved, brushed shoulders with each other. How did the governing majority preserve its Catholic identity? Did it make the minority adopt its culture? This chapter argues that a recurring theme in frontier history is that of acculturation. Far from being a barrier, the Maltese bastions were only a symbolic boundary; they were formidable and awe-inspiring but porous to every influence. Commercial imperatives obliged the various ethnic groups in border areas to maintain constant relations. A Maltese frontier identity eventually evolved into an integral part of national identity, a multi-ethnic and poly-religious society, whose members were engaged in constant exchanges with each other.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Apr-2024
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/books/article/view/44443
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.44443
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Narratives of Peace in Religious Discourses
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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