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18 oct. 2016

Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain, 1492-1614

In April 1609, King Philip III of Spain signed an edict denouncing the Muslim inhabitants of Spain as heretics, traitors, and apostates. Later that year, the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory or else be killed. In a brutal and traumatic exodus, entire families were obliged to abandon homes and villages where they had lived for generations, leaving their property in the hands of their Christian neighbours. In Aragon and Catalonia, Muslims were escorted by government commissioners who forced them to pay whenever they drank or rested. For five years the expulsion ground on, until an estimated 300,000 Muslims had been removed from Spanish territory, 5 per cent of the total population. By 1614 Spain had successfully implemented what was then the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history, and Muslim Spain had effectively ceased to exist.

Blood and Faith is a riveting chronicle of this virtually unknown episode, set against the vivid historical backdrop of the history of Muslim Spain. It offers a remarkable window onto a little-known period in modern Europe—a rich and complex tale of competing faiths and beliefs, of cultural oppression and resistance against overwhelming odds.

Matthew Carr is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Observer, The Guardian, The New York Times and on BBC Radio. He is the author of The Infernal Machine: An Alternative History of Terrorism; Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration; and The Devils of Cardona.

17 oct. 2016

CFP: “New Christians & Religious Reform,” University of Alcalá June 14-16, 2017


Papers and panels are invited for the Sixth International CONVERSO and MORISCO Studies Conference, organized by Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, in collaboration with the University of Alcalá at Alcalá de Henares.

The Conference, timed to coincide with the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, will examine New Christians as religious reformers, non-conformists, dissidents and irenists in late medieval and early modern Spain and beyond. What are New Christian reform voices? How does the converso/limpieza issue affect religious reform in Spain and Portugal? How important was the converso issue to irenist discourse in Counter-Reformation Spain? These are some of the questions our conference will address.

The conference will be held at the Colegio Mayor of the University of Alcalá from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 June 2017. To ensure we have sufficient time for discussion, we are limiting panels to three panellists and the conference to thirty participants.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in the fourth volume of our series examining Converso and Morisco themes: The Conversos and Moriscos in Late Medieval Spain and Beyond, published by Brill Academic Press.

Send 500-word abstracts in English or Spanish to: kingram3@slu.edu.

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 6 January, 2017.

Contact Email: kingram3@slu.edu

6 oct. 2016

3 oct. 2016

New Book: After Conversion Advanced Search (Open Access )

This book deals with the religious and ideological consequences of mass conversion in Iberia - where Jews and Muslims were forcibly converted or expelled at the end of the XVth century and beginning of the XVIth- and most specially with the relationship between origins and faith. It also deals with the consequences of coercion on intellectual debates and on the production of knowledge and addresses questions such as dissimulation, dissidence, religious doubt and unbelief.

Editor: Mercedes García-Arenal
Subjects: History
Publication Year : 2016
Book DOI: 10.1163/9789004324329
E - ISBN : 9789004324329
Print and series information
Collections:  European History and Culture E-Books Online, Collection 2016-II
Series:  Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700


Fuente: Brill

Call for Papers: Sicily, Al-Andalus and the Maghreb: Writing in Times of Turmoil

Barcelone, 4-5 mai 2017.

Papers are being sough for “Sicily, Al-Andalus and the Maghreb: Writing in Times of Turmoil,” an international conference organized by the Dept. of Medieval and Ancient Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Barcelona on May 4-5, 2017.

Scholars and Graduate Students working in the fields of Medieval History, Arabic, Hebrew and Romance Literature, Classics and Comparative Literature are encouraged to apply.

The conference focusses on the periods of political turmoil which affected Muslim Iberia, Sicily and the Maghreb, aiming to highlight the complexities of literary artifacts produced in times of political transition and shifting sovereignties, and to offer new perspectives on the cultural ties that were made and unmade throughout these periods. We expect the conference will be a venue for collegial interaction between different generations of scholars and graduate students.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
• representations of conflict and internecine strife
• cultural and aesthetic inclusion/rejection
• circulation of knowledge between al-Andalus, Sicily and the Maghreb
• articulation of private and public trauma
• negotiation of spaces and authority through literature
• the rise of new literary forms

Keynote Speakers:
Maribel Fierro (CSIC-Madrid)
Maria Corraro (Luiss Guido Carli, Rome)
Alex Metcalfe (Lancaster University)
Giuseppe Mandalà (CSIC-Madrid)
Alexander Elinson (Hunter College- New York)
William Granara (Harvard University).

Date limite : 15 décembre 2016.

There is no registration fee for this conference. A number of travelling grants is available for participants. We request that a working title for each paper be provided by December 15, 2016. The deadline for abstract submission is February 3rd, 2017.

For further information and abstracts submissions contact
Nicola Carpentieri: nicola.carpentieri@uab.cat

10 sept. 2016

New Book: The Conversos and Moriscos in Late Medieval Spain and Beyond, Volume 3

Kevin Ingram & Juan Ignacio Pulido Serrano
Converso and Morisco are the terms applied to those Jews and Muslims who converted to Christianity in large numbers and usually under duress in late Medieval Spain. The Converso and Morisco Studies publications will examine the implications of these mass conversions for the converts themselves, for their heirs (also referred to as Conversos and Moriscos) and for Medieval and Modern Spanish culture. As the essays in this collection attest, the study of the Converso and Morisco phenomena is not only important for those scholars focused on Spanish society and culture, but for academics everywhere interested in the issues of identity, Otherness, nationalism, religious intolerance and the challenges of modernity.
Contributors include Mercedes Alcalá-Galan, Ruth Fine, Kevin Ingram, Yosef Kaplan, Sara T. Nalle, Juan Ignacio Pulido Serrano, Miguel Rodrigues Lourenço, Ashar Salah, Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, Claude Stuczynski, and Gerard Wiegers.
Table of contents 
Introduction to this Volume
Kevin Ingram

Chapter One A Forgotten Campaign against the Conversos of Sigüenza: Pedro Cortés and the Inquisition of Cuenca
Sara T Nalle 

Chapter Two Iberians before the Venetian Inquisition
Gretchen Starr-Le Beau

Chapter Three The Psalms of David by Daniel Israel López Laguna, a Wandering Jew
Ruth Fine 

Chapter Four Anti-Rabbinic Texts and Converso Identities: Ferna͂o Ximenes de Araga͂os Catholic Doctrine 
Claude B Stuczynski

Chapter Five Injurious Lexicons: Inquisitorial Testimonies regarding New Christians in Macacu, Manila and Nagasaki in the Late Sixteenth Century
Miguel Rodrigues Lourenço 

Chapter Six Converso Complicities in an Atlantic Monarchy: Political and Social Conflicts behind Inquisitorial Persecution 
Ignacio Pulido Serrano

Chapter Seven Philip II as the New Solomon: The Covert Promotion of Religious Toleration and Synergism in Post-Tridentine Spain 
Kevin Ingram
Chapter Eight The Granada Lead Books Translator Miguel de Luna as a Model for both the Toledan Morisco Translator and the Arab Historian Cidi Hamete Benengeli in Cervantes’ Don Quijote 
Gerard Wiegers
Chapter Nine An Attempted Morisco Settlement in Early Seventeenth Century Tuscany 
Asher Salah
Chapter Ten From Mooresses to Odalisques: Representations of the Mooress in the Discourse of the Expulsion Apologists 
Mercedes Alcalá-Galan 
Chapter Eleven This Thing Will Preserve their Nation Forever: Circumcision and Conversion in the EarlyModern Western Sephardic Communities 
Yosef Kaplan 

Fuente: Brill




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