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.
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).
Acknowledgements List of Figures and Tables 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.