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Islam and Christianity in the Works of Gentili, Grotius, and Pufendorf

John Kelsay

in Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755042
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950508 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755042.003.0010
Islam and Christianity in the Works of Gentili, Grotius, and Pufendorf

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This chapter focuses on the Protestant writers Gentili, Grotius, and Pufendorf in order to answer the following question: What is the impact or influence of Islam on the early modern development of the European war convention? It analyzes first evidence of “indirect” influence, understood as “pressure” exerted by a competing power, the Ottoman Empire, as well as of the opportunities presented for cooperation among Protestant against Roman Catholic states. Second, it considers “direct” influence, in the sense of shared or borrowed judgments, themes, and understandings of the moral dimensions of armed force. The evidence for indirect influence is considerably stronger than that for direct.

Keywords: Gentili; Grotius; Pufendorf; European war convention; direct influence; shared judgments; armed force; indirect influence

Chapter.  6260 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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