Postel’s major works under scrutiny
Guillaume Postel (1510-1581) was a 16th-century French polymath known for his De Orbis terrae Concordia (1544), which envisaged a peaceful political union between Muslims, Jews, and Christians. However, his universalistic theory and its intellectual context are not analysed yet. The EU-funded PostelEast project will conduct the first in-depth philosophical and historical analysis of Postel’s political and religious thought. The project will reconstruct the historical and philosophical roots, assumptions, and impact of Postel’s universalism. Specifically, it will analyse his major works, from his first travel across the Ottoman Empire and its ideological implications to the humanistic sources that helped understand the Ottoman culture and religion, and his transcultural contribution by bringing in rare oriental books to Europe.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeMSCA-IF-GF - Global Fellowships
Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.
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