A Companion to Islamic Granada


A Companion to Islamic Granada gathers, for the first time in English, a number of essays exploring aspects of the Islamic history of this city from the 8th through the 15th centuries from an interdisciplinary perspective. This collective volume examines the political development of Medieval Gharnāṭa under the rule of different dynasties, drawing on both historiographical and archaeological sources. It also analyses the complexity of its religious and multicultural society, as well as its economic, scientific, and intellectual life. The volume also transcends the year 1492, analysing the development of both the mudejar and the morisco populations and their contribution to Grenadian culture and architecture up to the 17th century.

Contributors are: Bárbara Boloix-Gallardo, María Jesús Viguera-Molíns, Alberto García-Porras, Antonio Malpica–Cuello, Bilal Sarr-Marroco, Allen Fromherz, Bernard Vincent, Maribel Fierro–Bello, Mª Luisa Ávila–Navarro, Juan Pedro Monferrer–Sala, José Martínez–Delgado, Luis Bernabé–Pons, Adela Fábregas–García, Josef Ženka, Amalia Zomeño–Rodríguez, Delfina Serrano–Ruano, Julio Samsó–Moya, Celia del Moral-Molina, José Miguel Puerta–Vílchez, Antonio Orihuela–Uzal, Ieva Rėklaitytė, and Rafael López–Guzmán.

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Bárbara Boloix-Gallardo, Ph.D., (2007), is Senior Lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Granada. She has published several books and scientific articles on the history of Nasrid Granada, including Las Sultanas de la Alhambra (Comares, 2013).
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Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Granada, an Eternal Islamic City between History and Memory
Bárbara Boloix-Gallardo

Part 1: Reconstructing the Past from the Present

1 Sources and Historiography. Searching for the City’s Textual Foundations
María Jesús Viguera-Molíns

2 From Stones to Clay Bowls. Visual Arts of the City’s Islamic Past
Alberto García-Porras

Part 2: Granada in al-Andalus. Political and Historical Development

3 The City Origins: An Islamic ḥiṣn in Southern Al-Andalus (2nd–5th/8th–11th Centuries)
Antonio Malpica-Cuello

4 The Founding of Madīnat Garnāṭa by the Banū Zīrī (5th/11th Century)
Bilal Sarr-Marroco

5 The Berber Empires in Granada (6th–7th/12th–13th Centuries). Revolution or Continuity?
Allen Fromherz

6 Granada, Capital of al-Andalus and Core of the Nasrid Kingdom (7th–9th/13th–15th Centuries)
Bárbara Boloix-Gallardo

7 1492: From Islamic to Christian Granada
Bernard Vincent

Part 3: The Grenadian Social, Religious and Multicultural Landscape

8 Islam in Medieval Granada: Muslim Population, Practices, and Places
Maribel Fierro and María Luisa Ávila

9 Christians and Jews in Islamic Granada: Presence, Influence, Power
Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala and José Martínez-Delgado

10 The Last Muslim Inhabitants of a Newly-Christianized Granada: Mudejars and Moriscos
Luis F. Bernabé-Pons

Part 4: Granada across the Borders. Economic, Diplomatic, Scientific and Intellectual Life

11 The Economic Sources and Resources of Islamic Granada (2nd–9th/8th–15th Centuries)
Adela Fábregas-García

12 Diplomatic Relationships between Islamic Granada and Its Contemporary World
Josef Ženka

13 Law and Religious Sciences: Development and Daily Practice in Muslim Granada
Delfina Serrano-Ruano and Amalia Zomeño

14 Science and Medicine in Medieval Granada: Learning, Practice, and Institutions
Julio Samsó-Moya

15 The Flourishing of Arabic Literature in Islamic Granada: Phases, Genres, and Authors
Celia del Moral-Molina

Part 5: Granada, a Universal Paradigm of Islamic Art and Architecture

16 The Alhambra and the Generalife. The Eternal Landmarks of Islamic Granada
José Miguel Puerta-Vílchez

17 From the Private to the Public Space: Domestic and Urban Architecture of Islamic Granada
Antonio Orihuela

18 The Rumor of Water: A Key Element of Moorish Granada
Ieva Rėklaitytė

19 Mudejar Art. The Last Ornamental Expression of Islam in Christian Granada
Rafael López-Guzmán

This volume aims to constitute a reference volume in the field that can be useful for a wide variety of readers, including professors, researchers, students and people interested in history.
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