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Figuring Racism in Medieval Christianity

Lindsay Kaplan


Figuring Racism in Medieval Christianity distinguishes itself from other studies of early forms of racism by placing theological discourses at the center of its analysis. It traces an intellectual history of hereditary inferiority as articulated in the Christian doctrine of servitus Judaeorum, Jewish enslavement. This concept develops in Christian Scripture, patristic theology, and medieval exegesis to produce readings of the biblical figures of Cain, Ham, and Hagar/Ishmael as representing Jews cursed with slavery for their (alleged) role in the crucifixion. The punishment of perpetual servitu ... More

Keywords: Christian theology, medieval, Jews, Muslims, Africans, canon law, typology, slavery, hereditary inferiority, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190678241
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190678241.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsay Kaplan, author
Georgetown University