Refuge in Tunisia and Malta

Sarah A. Curtis

in Civilizing Habits

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394184
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866595 | DOI:
Refuge in Tunisia and Malta

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After her expulsion from Algeria, Vialar took refuge in neighboring Tunisia, where the local bey invited her and the SSJA to provide educational, health care, and charity services. This chapter examines her work there and her relationship with the Abbé Bourgade, who promoted cross‐religious understanding between Catholics and Muslims. Here Vialar, as in Algeria and in missions throughout the Mediterranean basin, allowed the clandestine baptism of dying Muslim and Jewish children, while eschewing more overt forms of conversion. She also opened missions in Malta, where a devout Catholic population provided resources and personnel to expand her order.

Keywords: Emilie de Vialar; Tunisia; Malta; Bourgade; charity; health care; schools; clandestine baptism; Muslims

Chapter.  9279 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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