Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Rodolfo Acquaviva
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The Italian Jesuit Rodolfo Acquaviva spent three years at the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and wrote a series of letters from Akbar’s capital, Fatehpur Sikri, describing his experiences in religious engagement with Muslims. His letters record one of the most significant early Christian-Muslim religious encounters, in which Europeans peacefully entered and lived in a Muslim context.

Rodolfo’s uncle, Claudio Acquaviva, had…

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Nickel, Gordon, “Rodolfo Acquaviva”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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