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‘Convivencia’: myths and realities

Primary Sources

Constable, Olivia Remie, Medieval Iberia, Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources (Philadelphia, 1997), 47, ‘The Legal Status of Jews and Muslims in Castile’, pp. 269-275.

Core readings
Fuch, B, Exotic Nation: Maurophilia and the Construction of Early Modern Spain, introduction and chapter one (Philadelphia, 2001) (E book available)

Glick, Thomas, F., and Orio Pi-Sunyer, 'Acculturation as an explanatory concept in Spanish History', Comparatice Studeis in Society and History, 11:2 (1969): 136-54.
Soifer, Maya, ‘Beyond convivencia: critical reflections on the historiography of interfaith relations in Christian Spain, Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2009, pp. 19–35.
Said, E., Orientalism Reconsidered, Cultural Critiques, 1 (1985), pp. 89-107

Further Reading

Mann, Vivian B., Glick, Thomas F., Dodds, Jerrilyn D., eds, Convivencia, Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Medieval Spain (New York, 1992).

Amelang, James, Parallel Histories: Muslims and Jews in Inquisitorial Spain (Louisiana, 2013), Introduction, Parallel Histories; 1, The Decline of Coexistence; 9. Creating Conversos 1391-1492 (recommended but e off print not available!)

Harris, K., From Muslim to Christian Granada: Inventing a City's Past in Early Modern Spain (Baltimore, 2007).

Fernández-Morera, Darío, The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain (Wilmington, 2016), Chapter 3, ‘The Daily Realities of Al-Andalus’, pp. 83-118.

Said, E. Orientalism (London, 1978 - new editions available)

Key Questions
• Where does the term convivencia come from?
• What are its merits and limitations of the notion of convivencia for understanding Iberian society in our period?
• Where relationships between different faith groups characterised more by violence or peace?

  • What is orientalism? What role has it played in Spanish history?

Historiographical theme: the politics of historiography

See also