The inquisition Tribunal in Goa: why and for what purpose?

José Pedro Paiva*

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This article aims to explain the process which led to the founding of the Inquisition tribunal in Goa, the first Holy Office tribunal to be created outside Europe. Following a review of previous historiographical studies which have analyzed this question, it examines the mechanisms for Christianization/confessionalization deployed by the Iberian monarchs in Asia and America from a global and comparative perspective, based on a rereading and reinterpretation of Inquisition documents and correspondence from various agents who were involved in the process. It presents an explanation that emphasizes the existence of a cluster of causalities which created a dense network of convergent forces that favored the founding of an Inquisition tribunal in Asia in 1560.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-593
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Early Modern History
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Confessionalization
  • Diocese of Goa
  • Ecclesiastical jurisdiction
  • Inquisition
  • Jesuits
  • Portuguese empire


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