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The early modern period witnessed sometimes startling, sometimes subtle transformations in the religious and intellectual life of peoples across the globe. For reasons that varied widely, leaders and thinkers from Mexico to the Ottoman Empire and from China to the Indian subcontinent sought to reform existing religions, develop new spiritual practices, promote innovative texts, and, on occasion, even create new religions. Presenting documents from different regions and different religious and philosophical traditions, including Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Christianity, and Confucianism, this volume allows students to explore and analyze these varied transformations. A general introduction introduces the framework for examining the chapter case studies, while the chapters provide context, a group of primary sources, and a set of questions to consider. Useful pedagogic supports include headnotes to the documents, a chronology, a set of broader questions to consider that help students compare transformations, a selected bibliography, and an index.
Merry Wiesner-Hanks (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the co-editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the author or editor of twenty books and many articles that have appeared in English, German, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese. These include Early Modern Europe 1450-1789 (2006); Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (3rd ed. 2008), and Gender in History (2001). Her research has been supported by grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, among others. She currently serves as the Chief Reader for Advanced Placement World History, and has also written a number of source books for use in the college classroom, including Discovering the Global Past (3rd ed. 2006), and a book for young adults, An Age of Voyages, 1350-1600 (2005).
Table of Contents
|A Note about the Texts|
|Religious Innovations and Reforms|
|The Documents Mesoamerica: Mexica Innovations and Mexican Catholicism|
|Gods of Life and Death from theCodex Borgia,c. 1500|
|Hymn to Huitzilopochtli from the Codices Matritenses, c. 1550|
|Mexica War Songs, 1560s|
|The History of the Indies of New Spain, c. 1580|
|Annals,1613 Europe: Reforms and Reformations in Christianity|
|Desiderius Erasmus,The Praise of Folly,1511|
|The Freedom of a Christian, 1520|
|A sermon on marriage, 1525|
|The Way of Perfection,1565|
|Injunctum nobis, 1564|
|Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1536|
|Ordinances for the Regulation of Churches, 1547|
|Africa and Southwest Asia: Politics and Mysticism in Islam and Judaism|
|The Replies of Muhammad Al-Maghili to the Questions of Askia al-Hajj Muhammad, 1498|
|Letters Between Sultan Selim I and Shah Isma’il, 1514|
|Mystical dance of a Sufi brotherhood, sixteenth century|
|Qualities of a Sufi saint, c. 1560|
|The Balance of Truth,1656|
|The Palmtree of Deborah, 1560s|
|Bringing Forth Sparks,1570|
|The Pious Customs of Abraham Galante, 1580s|
|South Asia: Syncretism and Sikhism in the Mughal Empire|
|Abu’l Fazl, Akbarnama, c. 1590|
|‘Abd ul-Qadir Bada’uni,Selected Histories,c. 1590|
|Scholars Gather at Akbar’s Court, 1605|
|School of Religion,c. 1650|
|The Japji Sahib from the Guru Granth|
|Hymns of Guru Amar Das, 1560s|
|Sikh texts for a wedding, 1560s|
|East Asia: Combining and Competing Traditions in China and Japan|
|Questions on theGreat Learning,1527|
|The Community Compact for Southern Ganzhou, 1520s|
|A Book to Burn (Fenshu),1590|
|Two Letters, 1590s|
|A Man in a House Beneath a Cliff,17th century|
|Ruling and Living in Conformity with the Order of Heaven andEarth|
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