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The slave and the courtesan : sorcery and cultural encounters in early modern Malta

by Bean, Owen Randall

Abstract

The present essay examines the traffic in magical goods and services between Maltese prostitutes and Muslim slaves in seventeenth-century Malta, as it is represented in the Archives of the Inquisition in Malta. Past analyses of these archives have focused on these interactions as elements of superstition and folk religion in early modern Malta. This essay asserts that the magical trade provided a form of common engagement between slaves and prostitutes as subaltern groups. In my analysis, I use close readings of denunciations before the Maltese Inquisition and historical examples from other scholarship. This essay will be useful to those interested in Maltese history, Christian and Muslim encounters, and the problems of universalism in post-colonial discourse.

Note

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Includes bibliographical references.

This thesis fulfills requirements for a major in Classics-History-Politics, an interdisciplinary major sponsored by the Classics, History and Political Science Departments at Colorado College.

Administrative Notes

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

This thesis fulfills requirements for a major in Classics-History-Politics, an interdisciplinary major sponsored by the Classics, History and Political Science Departments at Colorado College.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:8119
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
60 pages : illustrations (some color)
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Neel, Carol
Department/Program
Classics Politics History
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2013