l'INSTITUT DU PLURALISME RELIGIEUX ET DE L'ATHEISME

John TOLAN

  • Scientific Direction : John Tolan is Professor of History at the University of Nantes and Principal Investigator of the RELMIN program. He received a PhD in History from the University of Chicago, and an Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is notably author of Petrus Alfonsi and his Medieval Readers (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1993),Les Relations entre les pays d'Islam et le monde latin du milieu du Xème siècle au milieu du XIIIème siècle (Paris: Bréal, 2000), Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002), and Saint Francis and the Sultan: The Curious History of a Christian-Muslim Encounter (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009; French edition published in Paris: Seuil, 2007)..

In October 2013, John Tolan was elected member of the ACADEMIA EUROPAEA


 

Publications in HAL-SHS :

2016

Directions of work or proceedings

titre
La laïcité. Des repères pour en parler et l’enseigner
auteur
Anne Vezier, John Tolan, Dominique Avon
article
Anne Vézier. France. 2016
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Preprints, Working Papers, ...

titre
The Legal Status of Religious Minorities in the Euro-Mediterranean World (RELMIN)
auteur
John Tolan
article
2016
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https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01191632/file/medievalworlds_journal_150628_tolan.pdf BibTex

2015

Directions of work or proceedings

titre
RELIGIOUS COHABITATION IN EUROPEAN TOWNS (10th-15th CENTURIES)
auteur
John Tolan, Stéphane Boissellier
article
France. 2015, 978-2-503-55252-1
Accès au texte intégral et bibtex
https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01264025/file/relmin_3--Religious_cohabitation_in_medieval_towns.pdf BibTex

2014

Directions of work or proceedings

titre
Jews in Early Christian Law: Byzantium and the Latin West, 6th-11th centuries
auteur
John Tolan, Nicholas De Lange, Laurence Foschia, Capucine Nemo-Pekelman
article
John V. Tolan. Oct 2011, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France. 2, Brepols, 2014, Religion and Law in Medieval Christian and Muslim Societies, 978-2-503-55252-1. 〈brepols.net/Pages/BrowseBySeries.aspx?TreeSeries=RELMIN〉
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https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01130816/file/RELMIN_2_fulltext.pdf BibTex

Other publications

titre
Chrétiens, juifs, musulmans : comment ont-ils appris à vivre ensemble ?
auteur
John Tolan
article
Dossier Spécial Revue Place Publique Nantes/Saint-Nazaire #47. 2014
Accès au texte intégral et bibtex
https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01138287/file/PPJohnTolan47-RELMIN.pdf BibTex

Preprints, Working Papers, ...

titre
Lex alterius: Using Law to Construct Confessional Boundaries
auteur
John Tolan
article
2014
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https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00998402/file/Tolan_Lex_Alterius.pdf BibTex
titre
Los judíos del Rey: conflicto y coexistencia en la Inglaterra de Enrique III (1216-1272)
auteur
John Tolan
article
2014
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https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01011099/file/TOLAN_Los_judios_del_rey.pdf BibTex

2013

Directions of work or proceedings

titre
THE LEGAL STATUS OF ḎIMMĪ-S IN THE ISLAMIC WEST
auteur
Maribel Fierro, John Tolan
article
THE LEGAL STATUS OF ḎIMMĪ-S IN THE ISLAMIC WEST, Mar 2011, Madrid, Espagne. BREPOLS, 2013, Religion and Law in Medieval Christian and Muslim Societies (RELMIN 1), 〈http://www.brepols.net/Pages/BrowseBySeries.aspx?TreeSeries=RELMIN〉
Accès au texte intégral et bibtex
https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01079944/file/relmin_1_9_10_2013.pdf BibTex

2012

Book sections

titre
Identité et statut minoritaire dans les traditions légales: Deux exemples (XIIe-XIIIe siècles)
auteur
John Tolan
article
Flocel Sabaté. Identitats : Reunió Científica, XIX Curs d'Estiu Comtat d'Urgell, Lleida : Pagès Editors, pp.99-106, 2012
Accès au texte intégral et bibtex
https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00737970/file/Identite_et_statut_minoritaire_dans_les_traditions_legales.pdf BibTex

Preprints, Working Papers, ...

titre
Miroir de nos phantasmes? L'islam dans l'imaginaire européen: perspectives historiques
auteur
John Tolan
article
Ceci est la version française d'un article qui sera publié en anglais dans Nilüfer Göle (ed.).. 2012
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https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00737964/file/Miroir_de_nos_phantasmes.pdf BibTex
titre
Of Milk and Blood: Innocent III and the Jews, revisited
auteur
John Tolan
article
2012
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https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00726485/file/Of_Milk_and_Blood.pdf BibTex
titre
Ramon de Penyafort's Responses to questions concerning relations between Christians and Saracens: critical edition and translation.
auteur
John Tolan
article
2012
Accès au texte intégral et bibtex
https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00761257/file/Penyafort.pdf BibTex

2011

Other publications

titre
Lachrymabilem judeorum questionem
auteur
John Tolan
article
Le 10 avril 1240, Jean le Roux, duc de Bretagne, ordonna l'expulsion de tous les juifs du duché... 2011
Accès au texte intégral et bibtex
https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00649909/file/lachry.pdf BibTex

2010

Journal articles

titre
Qurchius nts,eitil'histoire des minorités religieuses en Europe ?
auteur
John Tolan
article
Place publique, 2010, pp.127-131
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https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00643318/file/place_publique.pdf BibTex

Book sections

titre
The legal status of religiius minorities in the medieval Mediterranean world: a comparative study
auteur
John Tolan
article
Borgolte, Michael. Hybride Kulturen im mittelalterlichen Europa: Vorträge uitiWorkshops einter internationalen Frühlingsschule/Hybrid Cultures in Medieval Europe: Papers and Workshops of in International Spring School, Akademie Verlag, pp.141-149, 2010, Europa im Mittelalter
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https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00639262/file/legal_status.pdf BibTex

Directions of work or proceedings

titre
Minorités et régulations sociales en Méditerranée médiévale.
auteur
Stéphane Boissellier, François ClÉment, John Tolan
article
Presses Universitaires de Rennes, pp.349, 2010
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2009

Conference papers

titre
Au-delà des mythes de la coexistence interreligieuse : contacts et frictions quotidiens d'après des sources juridiques de l'Espagne médiévale
auteur
John Tolan
article
Mythes de la coexistence interreligieuse : histoire et critique. Centre interdisciplinaire d'étude de la religiin et de la laïcité, Université libre de Bruxelles, Sep 2009, Bruxelles, France
Accès au texte intégral et bibtex
https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00748272/file/Au_dela_des_mythes_de_la_coexistenceinterreligieuse.pdf BibTex

 

 


 

Reviews of Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination

"A significant contribution to the study of Islam's place in the medieval Christian imagination, this work is highly recommended." — Choice

"Saracens contains comprehensive notes, a thorough bibliography, and an excellent index... A useful summary of the current state of hitoriography in the field." — William E. Watson, History

"Tolan's model for Christian attitudes toward Islam is the reactions of early Christians to the Roman Empire . . . Tolan's book is full of interesting details on individual thinkers' views on Islam and provides a welcome addition." — Anna Sapir Abulafia, American Historical Review

"Medievalist Tolan shows how the relatively fluid European beliefs about Islam turned rigid in the 13th century, leading to strict laws that separated Christians from Muslims and produced even greater distortions in perception." — Saudi Aramco World

"Had the late Edward Said and Daniel Norman collaborated to produce a volume incorporating their particular hermeneutical expertise and scholastic grasp of religiius polemics it may well have looked something similar to John V. Tolan'sSaracens. . . . Tolan's work, which is superbly researched, explores the plethora of distorted representations of Islam perpetuated throughout the period." — Mohammed Siddique Seddon, Muslim World Book Review

"Tolan's book is welcome as a rare systematic treatment of medieval Christian attitudes toward Muslims. . . . Tolan's remarks invite us to explore the important question of why that is so." — Tomaz Mastnak,Speculum

"The best of all recently published books on Christian-Islamic relations." — Gregory Miller, Riligiius Studies Review

"A thoroughgoing reference work like Saracens was long overdue; it is also quite timely." — David Blanks,Catholic Historical Review


Reviews of Europe and the Islamic World: A History

"[T]his is serious history and, as such, seriously worthwhile."--Robert Irwin, Literary Review

"[Europe and the Islamic World] is an important contribution to an ever more urgent debate. By providing a wealth of inconvenient detail that fails to fit in to the simplistic stereotypes, it challenges the very notion that humanity can be divided into separate 'civilisations', however bitter at times the conflict between them."--Jonathan Harris, History Today

"The comprehensive coverage of the subject matter makes this work the new standard in the field."--Choice

"Europe and the Islamic World is a major antidote of this dangerius myopic worldview, offering a critical and balanced assessment of a historic encounter marked not only by religiius competition and conflict but also by coexistence and cooperation in domestic politics and foreign relations, trade and commerce, science and culture."--Lisa Kaaki, Arab News

"As provocative as it is groundbreaking, this book describes this shared history in all its richness and diversity, revealing how ongoing encounters between Europe and Islam have profoundly shaped both."--World Book Industry

"This penetrating and nuanced study by three French scholars should finally lay to rest simplistic and superficial notions about an age-old 'clash of civilizations' between the Islamic and Western worlds. For all the ways that clerics on opposite sides tried to uphold Manichaean distinctions between believers and infidels, the real story is a much more complex one of shared human values, vigorous commercial trading, invented or reinvented traditions, and mutual cultural penetration within a mosaic of political rivalries, with religiius rhetoric used both to legitimize power and mobilize resistance. This important book, which sets the scene for urgent contemporary issues, should be necessary reading for anyone seriously interested in global affairs."--Malise Ruthven, author of Islam in the World

"Europe and the Islamic World makes for an interesting and sometimes provocative volume. In this erudite book, three distinguished scholars give their unique perspectives on Muslim-European political encounters, cultural exchanges, representations, and interactions. Their argument is that these encounters have been many, diverse, and ongoing. Europe and the Islamic World informs--and large parts of it entertain."--Virginia H. Aksan, author of Ottomans and Europeans: Contacts and Conflicts

"Many Americans and Europeans take it for granted that the West and Islam are at war and always have been. Tolan, Veinstein, and Laurens argue that we are part of the same civilization, for all the violence and conflict over the centuries. Europe and the Islamic World is a book of great learning and great passion."--Mark Gregory Pegg, author of The Corruption of Angels: The Great Inquisition of 1245-1246

 

 

 

 

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