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Title: Prohibiting Sexual Relations Across Religious Boundaries in Fifteenth-Century Portugal: Severity and Pragmatism in Legal Theory and Practice
Contributor(s): Soyer, Francois  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017-01
DOI: 10.1484/M.RELMIN-EB.5.111606
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Abstract: The issue of sexuality and reproduction across religious and ethnic lines has always been one of the major flashpoints and causes of anxiety in power relations between different communities. In numerous societies, and across different eras, many attempts have been made to dissuade or prevent interfaith sexuality through the force of religious injunctions and legislation: from the biblical proscriptions (Deuteronomy 7: 3-4 and Corinthians 6:14) to late Roman and medieval canonical legislation and finally to the modern anti-miscegenation laws introduced in parts of the United States (before 1967), Nazi Germany or Apartheid South Africa. In the late Roman and medieval Christian world, the fear that unrestricted contact between Christians and Jews or Muslims, and especially sexual activity, would lead to apostasy or heresy led canon lawyers to prominently consider the theme of such sexual relations in their treatment of Jews and caused the secular authorities to severely punish them through fines, castration or even death by burning.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Religious Minorities in Christian, Jewish and Muslim Law (5th - 15th Centuries), p. 301-315
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
Place of Publication: Turnhout, Belgium
ISBN: 9782503565712
Field of Research (FOR): 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Religion and Law in Medieval Christian and Muslim Societies
Series Number : 8
Editor: Editor(s): Nora Berend, Youna Hameau-Masset, Capucine Nemo-Pekelman and John Tolan
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