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.
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