Al-Andalus, Sepharad and Medieval Iberia

Cultural Contact and Diffusion

The 12 articles of this volume show the many facets of contact in al-Andalus and Medieval Iberia, reminding us of how contact influenced art and learning in a wide range of fields: politics, science, philosophy, music and religion; offering views of how contact between societies affects both language, stereotype and assimilation; examining how war and conflict (re)define the representation of ideas, places and people; and demonstrating how representations changed over time through contact and conflict. Lessons of the past apply today as al-Andalus captures the modern imagination and cultures continue to come into contact across borders which either allow fluid diffusion of ideas or block passage.
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Biographical Note

Ivy Corfis (Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is Professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconson. A specialist in Medieval Spanish literature, especially fifteenth-century prose romances and Celestina, her publications include critical editions of such works as Diego de San Pedro's Cárcel de amor, and Tratado de amores de Arnalte y Lucenda; La historia de la linda Melosina; and La historia de los nobles caballeros Oliveros de Castilla y Artús de Algarbe; Renaldos de Montalván, as well as semi-paleographic transcription/editions of several Old Spanish legal texts and Celestina.

Table of contents

Introduction: Ivy A. Corfis, “Three Cultures, One World”

I. Contact through Art and Learning
Bernard R. Goldstein, “Astronomy as a ‘Neutral Zone’: Interreligious Cooperation in Medieval Spain”
Maribel Fierro, “Alfonso X ‘The Wise’: The Last Almohad Caliph?”
Harvey J. Hames, “It Takes Three to Tango: Ramon Llull, Solomon Ibn Adret and Alfonso of Valladolid Debate the Trinity”
Richard C. Taylor, “Ibn Rushd / Averroes and ‘Islamic’ Rationalism”
Dwight F. Reynolds, “Music in Medieval Iberia: Contact, Influence and Hybridization”

II. Contact through Society
Francisco J. Hernandez, “The Origins of Romance Script in Castile and the Jews: A New Paradigm”
Ross Brann, “The Moors”
María Jesús Fuente, “Christian, Muslim and Jewish Women in Late Medieval Iberia”

III. Contact through Conflict
Russell Hopley, “The Ransoming of Prisoners in Medieval North Africa and Andalusia: An Analysis of the Legal Framework”
Justin Stearns, “Representing and Remembering al-Andalus: Some Historical Considerations Regarding the End of Time and the Making of Nostalgia”
Denise K. Filios, “Legends of the Fall: Conde Julián in Medieval Arabic and Hispano-Latin Historiography”
Danya Crities, “Churches Made Fit for a King: Alfonso X and Meaning in the Religious Architecture of Post-Conquest Seville”


Those interested in the history of the conflict, meeting and assimilation of three cultures: Christian, Jewish and Islamic in art and learning, imagination and culture.


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