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Exceptional Iberia or Normative Mediterranean? Contexts of Ethno-Religious Relations in the Middle Ages

Event: Exceptional Iberia or Normative Mediterranean? Contexts of Ethno-Religious Relations in the Middle Ages
Brian Aivars Catlos
Associate Professor, Religious Studies, University of Colorado (Boulder)

Medieval "Spain" has long been portrayed as a unique case of ethno-religious diversity, and Muslim-Jewish-Christian relations, whether this is taken in a "positive" sense, as in Castro's paradigm of convivencia, or in the "negative" sense of Reconquest and Expulsion. Neither of these paradigms holds up to close examination, and each is based on a selective reading of sources; together they disguise a dynamic of ethno-religious interaction that is much more ambivalent and complex. Moreover, such relations are not particular to the Iberian peninsula of the Middle Ages, but rather characterize ethno-religious relations across the Medieval Mediterranean. "Exceptional Iberia or Normative Mediterranean?" seeks to place Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations as can be observed in the Iberian peninsula in a Mediterranean context and suggest an alternative to both the nostaligia of convivencia and the anachronistic vision of a clash of civilizations.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Iberian Studies Working Group of the Humanities Institute
Date and time:October 18, 2012
4:00 PM
Location:Area on Campus: Mershon Center for International and Strategic Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Contact:Paige Bailey
Phone Number:614-247-7882
Event category:Melton Center for Jewish Studies & Spanish And Portuguese
Event Type:Lecture

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