The Religious Polemics of the Muslims of Late Medieval Christian Iberia examines the corpus of polemical literature against the Christians and the Jews of the protected Muslims (Mudejars). Commonly portrayed as communities in cultural and religious decay, Mònica Colominas convincingly proves that the discourses against the Christians and the Jews in Mudejar treatises provided authoritative frameworks of Islamic normativity which helped to legitimize the residence of their communities in the Christian territories. Colominas argues that, while the primary aim of the polemics was to refute the views of their religious opponents, Mudejar treatises were also a tool used to advance Islamic knowledge and to strengthen the government and social cohesion of their communities.
Mònica Colominas Aparicio, Ph.D. (2016), University of Amsterdam, is Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (Department I), and a core member of the Institute's interdisciplinary project
Convivencia: Iberian to Global Dynamics, 500-1750.
All interested in Muslims and religion in the Iberian Peninsula, and anyone concerned with the history of Spain and interreligious contacts between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Christian territories.