The Bible in the Iberian World: Fundaments of a Religious Melting Pot


That the Iberian Peninsula represents a key hub between Christianity, Judaism and Islam is widely known. However, theologians and historians have been studying these phenomena as isolated events and not as part of a much larger Iberian world characteristic, one that should be understood regarding the broader Western thought.

This session's goal, though experimental, is to provide a space for discussion for those of us who work with biblical themes in the context of the Iberian world. This world includes not only the peninsular area but also its colonial spaces, e.g., American, African and Asian places where Portuguese and Spaniards played an influential role starting in the Early Modern period. Moreover, the subjects to discuss are not limited nor to a particular time frame nor a specific chronological period for this first phase.

Our initial objectives are to underline the importance of the Iberian world as a space of communication, or not, between the different religions of the Bible, of biblical interpretation, and how the Iberian world was prone to be influenced by the Bible.


Iberian, Identities, Inclusion, Minorities, Polemics, Exclusion, Reformations


Ana T. Valdez
University of Lisbon 

Ricardo Muñoz
University of Salamanca

Member Area

Wuppertal 2021

This research unit will not meet in 2021.