- The religious polemics of the Muslims of Late Medieval Christian Iberia
- Identity and religious authority in Mudejar Islam
Richard van Leeuwen
- Award date
- 29 April 2016
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH)
This dissertation investigates the politics of identity of the Muslims in Late Medieval Christian Iberia (Mudejars). Mudejars had to endure the pressure exerted by the Christian majority society and also the criticism from their co-religionists in Muslim lands who contested their exceptional subjugation to Christian rulers and occasionally asked them to emigrate to the Islamic territories. In addition, Mudejars were in direct competition with the Jewish minorities for the favours of their Christian lords.
The central question addressed in this study is how Mudejars articulated notions of identity and religious authority in relation to the Christians and the Jews, and importantly also to other Muslims, in their literature of religious polemics against the Christians and the Jews preserved in Arabic and in Aljamiado (Spanish in Arabic characters) codices. I argue that alongside the primary aim of the polemics, which was to refute the views of their religious opponents, the discourses against the Christians and the Jews in Mudejar treatises were also a tool to advance Islamic knowledge and to strengthen the government and social cohesion of their communities. My analysis of this literature takes an interdisciplinary approach whose purpose is to counterbalance the often biased outsider views found in the contemporary Christian sources which disregard the agency of the members of these Muslim minority communities in constructing their self-image and their share in the shaping of interreligious Iberian narratives.
- Online version of the thesis without 'Acknowledgments' (pp. 7-8).
Thesis (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
List of figures (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Introduction (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Chapter one: The connection between religious polemics and notions of identity and religious authority among the Mudejars (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Chapter two: Concepts and methods for the study of religious authority and identity in the religious polemics of the Mudejars (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Chapter three: Previous research and identification of the Mudejar polemical sources to be discussed in the present dissertation (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Chapter four: Muslim literature of religious polemics (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Chapter five: Mudejar polemics with the Jews (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Chapter six: Mudejar polemics with the Christians (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Chapter seven: Mudejar polemics as a discursive tradition (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Conclusions (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Manuscript description of the Kitāb Al-Mujādala (MS AF 58) (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
Annex: MS BNE 4944, ff. 1r-36r: Transcription and rendering into modern Spanish / MS L 536, ff. 123v-125r: Transcription and rendering into modern Spanish (Embargo until 29 April 2018)
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