IPRA website

The institute of religious pluralism and atheism, co-headed by John Tolan (dir. RELMIN) and Dominique Avon (Professor of contemporary history at the Université du Maine), aims at offering a centralized database of sources, literature and scientific promotion of research for scholars, teachers, students and the general public at large, on the topic of religious pluralism in Europe and the mediterranean space (5th-21st centuries).

It is constituted as a project incubator (fundamental and multidisciplinary research), as a network of experts intervening for trainings and conferences. It also offers digital application for research and education in the field of religious pluralism. 

Visit the IPRA website on www.ipra.eu

NB: the Relmin website will close in 2016. The database will remain open at cn-telma.fr/relmin/ or via the IPRA website.

End of project

The Relmin project ends on June 30th, 2015, after five years of fruitful partnerships and comparative studies, eleven international conferences throughout Europe, a collection of books at Brepols Publishers, which continues to grow, a network of a hundred of scientific collaborators and a database containing over 600 entries.

We wish to thank the European Research Council for the grant, the PhD students and postdocs associated with the project as well as all of our academic and institutional partners who have contributed, one way or the other, to the success of the project (the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Ange-Guépin, the IRHT, the Université de Nantes, the Région des Pays de la Loire, Brepols…)


Upcoming publications

RELMIN is currently preparing three new volumes to be published in the collection Religion and Law in Medieval Christian and Muslim Societies (BREPOLS publishers).

Religious Minorities, Integration and the State, edited by John Tolan, Ivan Jablonka, Nikolas Jaspert and Jean-Philippe Schreiber. This book explores the evolution of the legal status of Jewish minorities, of Muslim minorities in the State and of religious minorities in the process of national construction. The contributions published in this book were presented in a conference in Le Mans, in Nov. 2012.

Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe: the Historiographical Legacy of Bernhard Blumenkranz, edited by Philippe Buc, Martha Keil and John Tolan (Vienna conference acts, 2013). This book tackles the issues of the medieval Church and the Jews, conversion and proselytism, arts and material culture and geography. 

Medieval Minorities: Law and Multiconfessional Societies in the Middle Ages, edited by John Tolan, Nora Berend, Youna Masset, Jerzy Mazur and Capucine Nemo-Pekelman. This book is the result of the five-year collaboration and work achieved by Relmin and involving linguists, historians, jurists and specialists of religions in a comparative perspective. The articles presented in this volume were in parts presented at the Relmin final conference in Oct. 2014.

Law and Religious Minorities in Medieval Societies: between Theory and Praxis, edited by Ana Echevarrìa, Juan-Pedro Monferrer-Sala and John Tolan. This volume brings together contributions from the April 2014 Cordoba conference, and explores sacred texts and social regulations, the ways in which contacts and conflicts between minorities are negociated and the application of the law.  

Finally, doctoral dissertations from team members will be published as well:

- Youna Masset, La procédure judiciaire et les minorités religieuses dans la couronne d'Aragon aux XIIème -XI ème siècles 

Jerzy MazurBorder Jews: Jewish Life on the Medieval Frontier of Europe. Jews of Red Ruthenia until 1506

Farid Bouchiba, Le statut légal des dhimmī-s en al-Andalus selon les auteurs malikites, VII ème -X ème siècles : Étude de la condition juridique du juif et chrétien en terre d’Islam 

Geraldine JenvrinÉlaboration du statut légal du dhimmī dans la doctrine malikite andalouse (XIe-XIIIe) : Exégèses coraniques et sciences juridiques 

To keep informed of the Relmin publications at Brepols, please check the webpage http://www.brepols.net/Pages/BrowseBySeries.aspx?TreeSeries=RELMIN or follow us on twitter: @Relmin_ERC.

IPRA upcoming activities

As previously announced, the Institute for Religious Pluralisme and Atheism (IPRA) was launched thanks to the support of the Région des Pays de la Loire and in collaboration with the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Ange-Guépin, the Université de Nantes and the Université du Maine.

IPRA activities will begin in the Fall 2015 with a series of conferences and round-tables entitled "Religions en questions : aperçus sur un retour du religieux" (Religions in question: a survey on a return of religions). These events will take place at the Lieu Unique in Nantes:

- Oct. 15 - Round table European "Laicités", with Jean-Philippe Schreiber, Philippe Gaudin et Silvio Ferrari, chaired Dominique Avon

- Nov. 26 - Hamadi Redissi, Professor of political science at the University of Tunis, Freedom of expression in Islam.

This series will continue into 2016.

The first IPRA scientific conference, in collaboration with the IESR (Institut Européen en Sciences de Religions, EPHE, Sorbonne) will be held on Dec. 2-4, 2015 at the Université du Maine, in Le Mans. 

Le fait religieux dans les manuels d’histoire


Essai de comparatisme à l’échelle internationale

(Religion in history textbooks


An attempt of international comparatism)

Topics of the sessions (provisional) : textbooks and their contents, institutions: stakes and conflicts, pedagogical practices. 

RELMIN - Volume 2 available online


Jews in Early Christian Law, edited by John Tolan, Nicholas de Lange, Laurence Foschia and Capucine Nemo-Pekelman is now fully available online and open access on HAL in a pdf version.

Hard copies can still be ordered at Brepols.





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