Coloniality, Religion, and the Law in the Early Iberian World

Ed. Santa Arias and Raúl Marrero-Fente

From postcolonial, interdisciplinary, and transnational perspectives, this collection of original essays looks at the experience of Spain's empire in the Atlantic and the Pacific and its cultural production.

Coloniality, Religion, and the Law in the Early Iberian World, available from Vanderbilt University Press

Table of Contents


Negotiation between Religion and the Law
Santa Arias and Raúl Marrero-Fente

Part I. Politics

Chapter 1

José de Acosta: Colonial Regimes for a Globalized Christian World
Ivonne del Valle

Chapter 2

Conquistador Counterpoint: Intimate Enmity in the Writings of Bernardo de Vargas Machuca
Kris Lane

Chapter 3

Voices of the Altepetl: Nahua Epistemologies and Resistance in the Anales de Juan Bautista
Ezekiel Stear

Chapter 4

Performances of Indigenous Authority in Postconquest Tlaxcalan Annals: Don Juan Buenaventura Zapata y Mendoza’s Historia cronológica de la noble ciudad de Tlaxcala
Kelly S. McDonough

Part II. Religion

Chapter 5

Translating the “Doctrine of Discovery”: Spain, England, and Native American Religions
Ralph Bauer

Chapter 6

Narrating Conversion: Idolatry, the Sacred, and the Ambivalences of Christian Evangelization in Colonial Peru
Laura León Llerena

Chapter 7

Old Enemies, New Contexts: Early Modern Spanish (Re)-Writing of Islam in the Philippines
Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez

Chapter 8

Art That Pushes and Pulls: Visualizing Religion and Law in the Early Colonial Province of Toluca
Delia A. Cosentino

Part III. Law

Chapter 9

The Rhetoric of War and Justice in the Conquest of the Americas: Ethnography, Law, and Humanism in Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda and Bartolomé de Las Casas
David M. Solodkow

Chapter 10

Human Sacrifice, Conquest, and the Law: Cultural Interpretation and Colonial Sovereignty in New Spain
Cristian Roa

Chapter 11

Legal Pluralism and the “India Pura” in New Spain: The School of Guadalupe and the Convent of the Company of Mary
Mónica Díaz

Chapter 12

Our Lady of Anarchy: Iconography as Law on the Frontiers of the Spanish Empire
John D. (Jody) Blanco


Teleiopoesis at the Crossroads of the Colonial/Postcolonial Divide
José Rabasa