Origins of Religious Homogeneity in Western Europe DiscussedOn November 21, Assoc. Prof. ┼×ener Akt├╝rk from Ko├ž University delivered a lecture for the International Relations Seminar Series organized by the Department of International Relations.
His talk, titled ÔÇťPolitical Origins of Religious Homogeneity in Western Europe,ÔÇŁ drew on his latest research project, in which he argues that the papacy ÔÇô an extraterritorial religious authority with punitive powers (e.g., crusades, excommunication, interdiction, inquisitions) that lobbied for religious homogenization in an environment of fierce interstate competition without a hegemonic power ÔÇô played a significant role in convincing monarchs to convert, expel or kill their non-Catholic subjects in Western Europe. In his presentation, Dr. Dr. Akt├╝rk focused on the interaction between the papacy and local monarchs in the eradication of Cathar, Jewish and Muslim populations during the medieval period in four European polities: Sicily and Southern Italy, France, Portugal and Spain.
Dr. Akt├╝rkÔÇÖs work on the religious homogenization of Western Europe sheds light on the medieval origins of nationalism, the international system, the impact of internal crusades on European state formation, and the legacies of religious demographic homogeneity in Western Europe.