Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Melchor de Ávalos
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Very little is known about Melchor de Ávalos before he arrived in Manila from New Spain on 26 May 1584. He had been a member of the Inquisition in Mexico for 11 years, and an unyielding legal scholar for 40 more years. As the first judge (oidor) of Manila’s audiencia court system, he applied his juridical rigour and Catholic dogmatism to an analysis of the legal status of Muslims in the Philippines.

In addition to Carta y alegaciones de derecho, Á…

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Donoso, Isaac, “Melchor de Ávalos”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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