Medieval Spanish Cultures in Context
Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Madrid
Prof: Matthew Bailey
This course takes place in Seville, Spain, where we will be perfectly situated to explore the co-existence of Muslims, Jews, and Christians on the Iberian Peninsula, based on an examination of the texts (literary, historical, religious, and philosophical), art, and architecture from the period prior to the arrival of the Arabs in 711, up to and beyond the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. From this exploration of their co-existence we expect to gain significant insight into how they saw themselves and how they understood and influenced each other. The course will also be conducted as a program of study at the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies (www.spanishstudies.org), and as such students will have full access to their facilities and programming, including a home-stay with a Spanish family, and visits to significant cultural sites in and around Seville, Granada, Cordoba, and Madrid.