Gender, space, and religious privacy in Amsterdam

Natália da Silva Perez, Peter Thule Kristensen

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Silva Perez and Kristensen examine the intersection of gender and religious traditions in the use of space for two distinct religious groups: the Amsterdam beguines, a Catholic community, and the Portuguese Nation, a Jewish community. In the religiously diverse environment of seventeenth-century Amsterdam, only the Dutch Reformed Church was officially authorized to have visible places of worship. Unsanctioned religious groups such as the beguines and the Portuguese Nation had to make arrangements to regulate visibility and access to their spaces of worship. Using privacy as an analytical lens, the authors discuss how strategies employed by the two groups changed over the course of the century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-106
Number of pages32
JournalTijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
1 This research was funded by the Danish ?ational Research Foundation (D?RF 138). We would like to thank our colleagues at the Centre for Privacy Studies, the attendees of the seminar ‘Zones of Privacy in the Early ?odern ?etherlands’ (University of Copenhagen – ?arch 2019), and of the seminar ‘Perspectives on Privacy in the Seventeenth-Century ?etherlands’ (Huygens Institute for the History of the ?etherlands – January 2020) for their feedback. We are also grateful to the peer-reviewers for their productive comments, which helped improve this article.

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