Course Detail

195:388: Cultures of the Middle Ages- Muslim Spain

From the Muslim invasion of Spain in 711 until the overthrow of the last Muslim ruler and expulsion of the Jews by Christian rulers in 1492 (and the definitive expulsion of the Muslims in 1614), the Iberian Peninsula was a crucible of intercultural invention, transmission and exchange. We will explore the music, architecture and literature of this world, known as al-Andalus to the Muslims and Sepharad to the Jews, in order to better understand the accomplishments and challenges of attempts to live within a multicultural and multifaith society. The final part of the course will consider how this long stretch of Spanish history is remembered today in Spain, the Sephardic diaspora, and the Arab world.