A Companion to Medieval Toledo. Reconsidering the Canons explores the limits of “Convivencia” through new and problematized readings of material familiar to specialists and offers a thoughtful initiation for the non-specialist into the historical, cultural, and religious complexity of the iconic city of Toledo. The volume seeks to understand the history and cultural heritage of the city as a result of fluctuating coexistence. Divided into three themed sections,- the essays consider additional material, new transcriptions, and perspectives that contribute to more nuanced understandings of traditional texts or events. The volume places this cultural history and these new readings into current scholarly debates and invites its readers to do the same.
About the Author
Yasmine Beale-Rivaya, Ph.D. (2006), UCLA, is Associate Professor at Texas State University. Her research and publications center on the languages used in borderland communities living between the Andalusí and Christian frontier from the ninth to the early fourteenth century.
Jason Busic, Ph.D. (2009), The Ohio State University, is Assistant Professor at Denison University. He works on the confluence of religion, language, and ethnicity in the articulation of identity among the Arabized Christians of al-Andalus and the Moriscos.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations x
Notes on Contributors xi
Part 1 The City and Shared Spaces
1 Al-Ma'mun of Toledo: A Warrior in the Palace Garden Michelle Hamilton 15
2 Prestige to Power: Toledo's Cathedral Chapter and Assimilated Identity Patrick Harris 33
3 Evolución de las fortificaciones medievales en la Península Ibérica: el caso de Toledo Fernando Valdés Fernandez 59
Part 2 Theology/Genealogy/Kinship
4 Old Hispanic Chant Manuscripts of Toledo: Testimonies of a Local or of a Wider Tradition? Raquel Rojo Carrillo 97
5 Christian Theology in Arabic and the Mozarabs of Medieval Toledo: Primary Texts, Main Themes, and Potential Problems Jason Busic 140
6 Toledo 1449: The Complex Political Space(s) and Dynamics of Civic Violence Linde M. Brocato 164
7 Toledo as a Geographical and Literary Reference in the Blood-Libel Legend David Navarro 195
Part 3 Language and Translation
8 Shared Legal Spaces in the Arabic Language Notarial Documents of Toledo Yasmine Beale-Rivaya 221
9 Tathlith al-wahdaniyya (The Trebling of the Oneness): Translated from Arabic Clint Hackenburg 238
10 The Toledan Translation Movement and Dominicus Gundissalinus: Some Remarks on His Activity and Presence in Castile Nicola Polloni 263
Epilogue: Re-reading the Canons of Medieval Toledo: Echoes of Debates of Iberian Historiography 281
General Bibliography 289