In the Light of Medieval Spain: Islam, the West, and the Relevance of the Past

In the Light of Medieval Spain: Islam, the West, and the Relevance of the Past

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If the idea of the medieval has been widely deployed in the colonial and neocolonial West as a marker of cultural backwardness, the Anglo-American perspective has often regarded Spain as part of a historically underdeveloped world and as a late-comer to Protestant/Enlightenment traditions of democracy, tolerance, and progress. Yet the many cultural dimensions of medieval Iberia make it pressingly relevant to current critiques of western modernity. This volume, which brings into dialogue historians and literary scholars in medieval and modern Iberian cultures, interrogates the contemporary significance of the distant Spanish past, particularly in regard to tensions in the relationship between the West and Islam. Rejecting an illusory space of neutrality, the search for relevance is envisioned as an ethically and politically necessary form of inquiry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349539406
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 09/19/2008
Series: The New Middle Ages
Edition description: 1st ed. 2008
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

SIMON R. DOUBLEDAYis Associate Professor of History at Hofstra University, USA.
DAVID COLEMANis Associate Professor of History at Eastern Kentucky University, USA.

Table of Contents

List of Figures     ix
Foreword: "Welcome to Moorishland"   Giles Tremlett     xi
Introduction: "Criminal Non-Intervention": Hispanism, Medievalism, and the Pursuit of Neutrality   Simon R. Doubleday     1
Juan de Segovia and the Lessons of History   Anne Marie Wolf     33
Reading Don Quijote in a Time of War   Leyla Rouhi     53
Memory and Mutilation: The Case of the Moriscos   Mary Elizabeth Perry     67
Expulsion from Paradise: Exiled Intellectuals and Andalusian Tolerance   Denise K. Filios     91
Contemporary Moroccan Immigration and Its Ghosts   Daniela Flesler     115
Spain's New Muslims: A Historical Romance   Lisa Abend     133
The Persistence of the Past in the Albaicin: Granada's New Mosque and the Question of Historical Relevance   David Coleman     157
Postscript: Futures of al-Andalus   Gil Anidjar     189
List of Contributors     209
Index     211

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