The Oxford Handbook of the Jesuits

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The Oxford Handbook of the Jesuits | Ines G Županov

The Oxford Handbook of the Jesuits

Ines G Županov

Oxford University Press

July 2019


1152 pages

Through its missionary, pedagogical, and scientific accomplishments, the Society of Jesus-known as the Jesuits-became one of the first institutions with a truly “global” reach, in practice and intention. The Oxford Handbook of the Jesuits offers a critical assessment of the Order, helping to chart new directions for research at a time when there is renewed interest in Jesuit studies. In particular, the Handbook examines their resilient dynamism and innovative spirit, grounded in Catholic theology and Christian spirituality, but also profoundly rooted in society and cultural institutions. It also explores Jesuit contributions to education, the arts, politics, and theology, among others.

The volume is organized in seven major sections, totaling forty articles, on the Order’s foundation and administration, the theological underpinnings of its activities, the Jesuit involvement with secular culture, missiology, the Order’s contributions to the arts and sciences, the suppression the Order endured in the 18th century, and finally, the restoration. The volume also looks at the way the Jesuit Order is changing, including becoming more non-European and ethnically diverse, with its members increasingly interested in engaging society in addition to traditional pastoral duties.

Ines G Županov is social /cultural historian of Catholic missions in South Asia and has also worked on other topics related to Portuguese empire. In addition to other two books, her latest monograph cowritten with Ângela Barreto Xavier is Catholic Orientalism; Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge, 16th-18th centuries (OUP, New Delhi, 2015). She coedited seven books and her articles are published in edited volumes and journals (Annales, Representations, Journal of Early Modern History, Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, RES: Anthropology and Esthetics, etc.)

Introduction: Is One World Enough for the Jesuits?
Ines G Županov

I) Foundation and Administration

1. The “First Fathers” of the Society of Jesus
Pierre Antoine Fabre

2. Jesuit Organization and Legislation: Development and Implementation of a Normative Framework
Markus Friedrich

3. Jesuit Letters
Paul Nelles

II) Spirituality and Economy

4. Spiritual Exercises : Obedience, Conscience, Conquest
Silvia Mostaccio

5. Jesuit Interior Indias: Confession and Mapping of the Soul
Federico Palomo

6. Financing Jesuit Missions
Frederic Vermote

III) Education and Politics

7. Rise, Character, and Development of Jesuit Education: Teaching the World
Cristiano Casalini

8. Elites and the Constitution of Jesuit Identity
Patrick Goujon SJ

9. Political Theories and Jesuit Politics
Carlos Zeron

10. Jesuit Accommodation, Dissimulation, Mental Reservation
Stefania Tutino

11. Jesuit Missions Between the Papacy and the Iberian Crowns
Giuseppe Marcocci

IV) Global Missions

12. Jesuits, Conversos, and Alumbrados in the Iberian World
Stefania Pastore

13. The Jesuit English Mission
James E. Kelly

14. Jesuits in the Orthodox World
Paul Shore

15. Jesuits and Islam in the Early Modern Period
Emanuele Colombo

16. Jesuit Missionaries and Missions in the Iberian Colonial World
Rafael Gaune Corradi:

17. The Jesuits in Asia under the Portuguese padroado: India, China, and Japan (Sixteenth to Seventeenth Centuries)
Hélène Vu Thanh:

18. Jesuit Involvement in Africa, 1548-2017
Festo Mkenda SJ

V) Jesuit Aesthetics and Artistic Production

19. Jesuit Visual Culture in a Machine Age
Mia M. Mochizuki

20. Missionary Art and Architecture of the Society of Jesus between China and Brazil
Gauvin Alexander Bailey

21. Jesuit Illustrated Books
Walter S. Melion and Ralph Dekoninck

22. Latinitas Iesu: Neo-Latin Writing and the Literary-Emotional Communities of the Old Society of Jesus
Yasmin Haskell

23. Jesuit Theater
Ann-Sophie Gallo

24. Music in the Global Jesuit Mission, 1540-1773
David R. M. Irving

VI) Scientific Projects

25. Jesuit Mathematics
Romano Gatto

26. Astronomy, Cosmology and Jesuit Discipline, 1540-1758
Luís Miguel Carolino

27. Natural History in the Jesuit Missions
Miguel de Asúa

28. Jesuit Humanism and Indigenous-Language Philology in the Americas and Asia
Stuart M. McManus

29. The Historiography of the Society of Jesus
Paul Shore

30. Tracking Jesuit Psychologies: From Ubiquitous Discourse on the Soul to Institutionalized Discipline
Fernanda Alfieri

31. Jesuit Anthropology : Studying “Living Books”
Charlotte de Castelnau-l’Estoile

VII) Antijesuitism, Enlightenment and the Suppression

32. Antijesuitism in a Global Perspective:
Sabina Pavone

33. Jesuits in Enlightenment
Juan-Pau Rubiés

34. The Jesuit Rites Controversy
Claudia von Collani:

35. The Age of Suppression: From the Expulsions to the Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1759-1820)
Niccolò Guasti

VIII) Restoration

36. The Restoration of the Society of Jesus and the Vagaries of Writing
Martín M. Morales

37. A Bridge between the ‘Old’ and the ‘New’ Society: Writing the History of the Jesuit North- American Missions
Adina Ruiu

38. Jesuit Missions´ Past and the Idea of Return: Between History and Memory
Guillermo Wilde

39. A Jesuit Way of Being Global? Second Vatican Council, Inculturation, and Liberation Theology
Frédéric Gugelot

40. The Jesuits in the Twenty-First Century
Benoît Vermander SJ


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