author={Anna Ayşe Akasoy},
  journal={International Journal of Middle East Studies},
  pages={489 - 499}
  • A. Akasoy
  • Published 15 July 2010
  • History
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies
Historians of Europe often declare that Spain is “different.” This distinctiveness of the Iberian peninsula has many faces and is frequently seen as rooted in its Islamic past. In the field of Islamic history, too, al-Andalus is somewhat different. It has its own specialists, research traditions, controversies, and trends. One of the salient features of historical studies of al-Andalus as well as of its popular image is the great interest in its interreligious dimension. In 2002, María Rosa… 
A suggestion that Europe also a Muslim: a study from historical and contemporary perspectives
In the past century saw that Europe associates themselves as a Christian domain until now. The proclaimation of Edict of Thessalonica in 380 AD made the Nicene Christianity as the state in Roman
Asserting Difference in Plurality: The Case of the Martyrs of Córdoba
Between the years 850 and 859 forty-eight Christians were decapitated for offences against Islam in Córdoba, the capital of the Islamic Umayyad dynasty in Al-Andalus, Spain (756–1031). The majority
Franco's Hajj: Moroccan Pilgrims, Spanish Fascism, and the Unexpected Journeys of Modern Arabic Literature
  • E. Calderwood
  • Art, Sociology
    PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
  • 2017
Journey to Mecca (; al-Rihla al-Makkiyya; 1941), by the distinguished Moroccan historian and legal scholar Ahmad al-Rahuni, recounts a hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, sponsored by the fascist Spanish
Ziryab and Us: Tradition and Collaboration in the Interpretation of an Arab-Andalusian Musical Myth
It is argued that Ziryab functioned as a discursive trope that engendered a series of micro-social relations between the musicians, framed by ideas of musical affinity, a shared cultural space (the Mediterranean) and cross-cultural exchange, which brought together distinct traditions under the rubric of a shared ‘Andalusian’ or Mediterranean heritage.
Moroccan Jews and the Spanish colonial imaginary, 1903–1951
ABSTRACT This article explores the relationship between Spanish colonialism and Moroccan Jews. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Spanish writers and politicians revived Spain’s
“In Andalucía, there are no foreigners”: andalucismo from transperipheral critique to colonial apology
This article explores the ideological legacy of Blas Infante (1885–1936), hailed today as the “Padre de la Patria Andaluza.” In post-Franco Spain, Infante's legacy of political andalucismo
The Musical Bridge—Intercultural Regionalism and the Immigration Challenge in Contemporary Andalusia
The ideals of tolerance and cultural exchange associated with the interfaith past of Muslim Spain (al-Andalus) have become a symbol for Andalusian regionalism and for the integration of Moroccan
Recent Perspectives on Christianity in the Modern Arab World
Although Christians constitute large and important communities in much of the modern Arab world, scholars have long tended to overlook their histories, viewing them as little more than pawns of
Spanish Musical Responses to Moroccan Immigration and the Cultural Memory of al-Andalus
Abstract The notion of a shared history across the Mediterranean is central to a number of Spanish-Moroccan musical collaborations, which draw on the notion of convivencia: the alleged peaceful
Marriages at the Margins: Interfaith Marriages in the Mediterranean
Abstract:Interfaith marriages in the Mediterranean constituted transgressive challenges to the social order and oriented scholarly reconstructions of the past to view them as 'exceptional' and not


Between Tolerance and Intolerance in Medieval Spain: An Historiographic Enigma
The nature of what has been termed "tolerance" and "intolerance" in the historiography of medieval Iberia has, while rarely defined, continued to provide much-employed organizing categories for the
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
A rich and thriving culture where literature, science and religious tolerance flourished for 700 years is the subject of this enthralling history of medieval Spain. Living side by side in the
Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages
Preface and AcknowledgmentsNote on TransliterationIntroductionCh. 1Myth and Countermyth3Ch. 2Religions in Conflict17Ch. 3The Legal Position of Jews in Christendom30Ch. 4The Legal Position of Jews in
For an assessment of the political interpretations of medieval Iberian history, see Hishaam D. Aidi
  • The Interference of al-Andalus: Spain, Islam, and the West
  • 2005
For pragmatic reasons, I have selected only recent English publications. There are many related works of scholarship in other languages
    For an effort to demystify such an "otherness" of Andalusi culture see Manuela Marín, "¿Hubo un 'arte de vivir' en al-Andalus?
    • Hesperia. Cultura del Mediterráne
    • 2000