Title

Convivencia: Manipulating the Medieval Past

Date

5-28-2015 11:00 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 11:15 AM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

Department

History

Session Chair

John L. Rector

Session Title

History Senior Seminar Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Elizabeth Swedo

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This paper examines the idea of la convivencia - a historiographical term which refers to the complex relationships between Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities coexisting in the medieval Iberian Peninsula - and explores its popularity as a historical narrative in the recent past compared to previous conceptions of Spanish history. Analyzing its relevance to various political agendas both past and present, this paper argues that questions of religious tolerance and identity that lie at the heart of la convivencia have been manipulated since the medieval period itself to suit various political interests throughout history.

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Convivencia: Manipulating the Medieval Past

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

This paper examines the idea of la convivencia - a historiographical term which refers to the complex relationships between Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities coexisting in the medieval Iberian Peninsula - and explores its popularity as a historical narrative in the recent past compared to previous conceptions of Spanish history. Analyzing its relevance to various political agendas both past and present, this paper argues that questions of religious tolerance and identity that lie at the heart of la convivencia have been manipulated since the medieval period itself to suit various political interests throughout history.