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I. Terminology – II. Historical Development and Aspects of Canon Law – III. Latin America, Asia, Africa

I. Terminology

In the broader sense, “inquisition,” from Lat. inquirere, “to seek out, research, investigate,” refers to the official (ex officio) investigation of the facts, particularly in relation to criminal circumstances. Both in the ecclesiastical and the civil judiciary, the so-called “trial by inqui…

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Segl, Peter and Gareis, Iris, “Inquisition”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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