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European Representations of India and Islam: The Jesuit mission at the Mughal court (1580-1773)


The goal of this 48 months proposal is to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the ways Islam and the Mughal Empire were interpreted and represented in Europe during the early modern period. The chronological delimitation of the subject of this project includes the late sixteenth-century, and the whole seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This period corresponds to the end of the Portuguese monopoly on the sea route to India, the arrival of the English, Dutch and French companies in Asia, the great missionary experiences of the Jesuits in Asia, the expansion and decline of the Mughal Empire in India, the Enlightenment and the emergence of Indology and Orientalism as academic disciplines. The applicant is a specialist on the European presence in India during the early modern period. Although this project starts in that disciplinary field, one of its aims is to develop a distinctive historiographical approach based on a systematic interaction with disciplines such as anthropology and sociology, by adopting a conceptual framework based on the concepts of ‘contact zone’ and ‘go-between’. Through this interdisciplinary approach, this project aims to contribute to the current debates on Orientalism and Islam.

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Funding Scheme

MC-CIG - Support for training and career development of researcher (CIG)


Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 21 041,66
Administrative Contact
Maelle Patourel (Ms.)

Participants (1)


Participation ended

EU contribution
€ 78 958,34
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Martín (Ms.)