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Religion and Law in Medieval Christian and Muslim Societies

Editor: John V. Tolan
Publishing Manager: Jirki Thibaut
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ISSN 2466-6904

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German, English, French, Italian, Spanish

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In the middle ages, from Baghdad to Barcelona, significant communities of religious minorities resided in the midst of polities ruled by Christians and Muslims: Jews and Christians throughout the Muslim world (but particularly from Iraq westward), lived as dhimmis, protected but subordinate minorities; while Jews (and to a lesser extent Muslims) were found in numerous places in Byzantine and Latin Europe. Legists (Jewish, Christian and Muslim) forged laws meant to regulate interreligious interactions, while judges and scholars interpreted these laws.
Religion and Law in Medieval Christian and Muslim Societies presents a series of studies on these phenomena. Our goal is to study the history of the legal status of religious minorities in Medieval societies in all their variety and complexity. Most of the publications in this series are the products of research of the European Research Council project RELMIN: The Legal Status of Religious Minorities in the Euro-Mediterranean World (5th-15th centuries) (

Au moyen âge, de Bagdad à Barcelone, des communautés importantes de minorités religieuses vécurent dans des Etats dirigés par des princes chrétiens ou musulmans: dans le monde musulman (surtout de l’Iraq vers l’ouest), juifs et chrétiens résidèrent comme dhimmis, minorités protégées et subordonnées; tandis que de nombreuses communautés juives (et parfois musulmanes) habitèrent dans des pays chrétiens. Des légistes (juifs, chrétiens et musulmans) édictèrent des lois pour réguler les relations interconfessionnelles, tandis que des juges et des hommes de lois s’efforcèrent à les interpréter.
La collection Religion and Law in Medieval Christian and Muslim Societies présente une série d’études sur ces phénomènes. Une partie importante des publications de cette collection est issue des travaux effectués au sein du programme ERC RELMIN : Le Statut Légal des Minorités Religieuses dans l’Espace Euro-méditerranéen (Ve-XVe siècles) (


    Series Editor
    John Tolan

    Editorial Board
    Camilla Adang, Tel Aviv University
    Nora Berend, Cambridge University
    Nicolas De Lange, Cambridge University
    Maribel Fierro, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
    Christian Müller, Institut de Recherches et d’Histoire des Textes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
    Kenneth Pennington, Catholic University of America


    Main languages: English, French
    Occasional languages: German, Italian, Spanish

    Method of peer review:
    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication

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Jews and Muslims under the Fourth Lateran Council

Papers Commemorating the Octocentenary of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) Marie-Thérèse Champagne, Irven M. Resnick (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-58151-4 RELMIN 10 | 2019 € 85,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback) ISBN 978-2-503-58152-1 € 85,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Religious Minorities in Christian, Jewish and Muslim Law (5th - 15th centuries)

John Victor Tolan, Capucine Nemo-Pekelman, Nora Berend, Youna Masset (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-56571-2 RELMIN 8 | 2017 € 95,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-56709-9 € 95,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Law and Religious Minorities in Medieval Societies: Between Theory and Praxis

De la teoría legal a la práctica en el derecho de las minoría religiosas en la Edad Media Ana Echevarria, Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala, John Victor Tolan (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-56694-8 RELMIN 9 | 2016 € 90,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-56697-9 € 90,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Religious Minorities, Integration and the State

État, minorités religieuses et intégration John Victor Tolan, Ivan Jablonka, Nikolas Jaspert, Jean-Philippe Schreiber (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-56499-9 RELMIN 6 | 2016 € 90,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-57281-9 € 90,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe

The historiographical legacy of Bernhard Blumenkranz Philippe Buc, Martha Keil, John Victor Tolan (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-56516-3 RELMIN 7 | 2016 € 90,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-56559-0 € 90,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Expulsion and Diaspora Formation: Religious and Ethnic Identities in Flux from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century

John V. Tolan (ed)
ISBN 978-2-503-55525-6 RELMIN 5 | 2015 € 90,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-56214-8 € 90,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

La cohabitation religieuse dans les villes Européennes, Xe - XVe siècles. Religious cohabitation in European towns (10th-15th centuries)

John V. Tolan, Stéphane Boissellier (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-55252-1 RELMIN 3 | 2015 € 90,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-55287-3 € 90,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Les papes et le Maghreb aux XIIIème et XIVème siècles

Étude des lettres pontificales de 1199 à 1419 Clara Maillard
ISBN 978-2-503-55229-3 RELMIN 4 | 2015 € 95,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-55869-1 € 95,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Jews in Early Christian Law

Byzantium and the Latin West, 6th-11th centuries John V. Tolan, Nicholas de Lange, Laurence Foschia, Capucine Nemo-Pekelman (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-55052-7 RELMIN 2 | 2014 € 85,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-55124-1 € 85,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

The Legal status of ḏimmī-s in the Islamic West (second/eighth-ninth/fifteenth centuries)

Maribel Fierro, John V. Tolan (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-54854-8 RELMIN 1 | 2013 € 90,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-54889-0 € 90,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)