Both in western and eastern Mediterranean in the late fifteenth and
sixteenth centuries, religious differences became the cause of
persecution (Jews and Muslims, or conversos and moriscos in Spain) or
outright war (Sunnis vs. Shiites between the Ottomans and Safavids). Was
religion the main cause in these developments or were there other things
going on that were articulated through religious discourse?
Please make sure that your answer is a single page, double-spaced essay,
written in Times New Roman font (size 12), with an inch of margins on
all four sides. Finally, you should have references
to both of the relevant readings (assigned for May 4 and May 6).