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Week
1

Week 1

6 hours to complete

Introduction to Medieval Spain and Coexistence (418-711 CE)

6 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 42 min), 28 readings, 4 quizzes
6 videos
REQUIRED CORE: An Introduction to Medieval Spain: Part 1 - Welcome to our Investigation3m
REQUIRED CORE: An Introduction to Medieval Spain: Part 2 - It is a Journey and Conversation8m
REQUIRED CORE: Convivencia (Coexistence) in Medieval Spain9m
REQUIRED CORE: Roman Hispania (201 BCE – 418 CE)5m
REQUIRED CORE: Visigothic Spain (418 – 711 CE)8m
28 readings
What type of student are you? Casual Observer. Interested Learner. Engaged Investigator.5m
Are you a "Casual Observer"?5m
Are you an "Interested Learner"?5m
Are you an "Engaged Investigator"?5m
Course Organization: Five Sections5m
Course Syllabus1m
Choosing Course Content Based on Your Student Profile: Required Core, Supplemental, Optional, and Honors Track5m
Course Assessments2m
Why Choose the Honors Track?5m
Collaborators and Funders8m
REQUIRED CORE: Why study medieval Spain? Viewing our modern challenges through the lens of the past.7m
REQUIRED CORE: What is coexistence (convivencia)? It is positive, negative, and ambivalent.7m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Defining Who are "Us" and Who are "Them"? Friend or Foe?5m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Medieval Christian Perspectives of Jews and Muslims5m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Medieval Jewish Perspectives of Christians and Muslims5m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Medieval Muslim Perspectives of Jews and Christians5m
REQUIRED CORE: Roman Hispania (201 BCE to 418 CE)5m
REQUIRED CORE: Rome and the Visigoths5m
REQUIRED CORE: The Visigoths: New Lords of the Land (5th-7th Centuries CE)10m
OPTIONAL: Visigothic Religion and the Laity (the People)10m
OPTIONAL: The Formation of Medieval Europe7m
OPTIONAL: Byzantium: The Eastern Roman Empire7m
OPTIONAL: Europe's Sibling, the Islamic World7m
Overview of The Historian's Craft5m
The Historian's Craft: The Task of Viewing10m
Professor Martinez's Viewing Worksheet5m
Key Concept: What is Historiography?5m
Key Concept: What is Periodization?5m
3 practice exercises
What type of learner are you?30m
REQUIRED CORE: Introduction to Coexistence30m
REQUIRED CORE: Roman and Visigothic Hispania30m
Week
2

Week 2

6 hours to complete

DEVELOPING DYNAMIC CULTURES: ISLAMIC AL-ANDALUS AND JEWISH SEFARAD (711-1212 CE)

6 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 56 min), 16 readings, 4 quizzes
8 videos
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic al-Andalus: The Umayyad Dynasty (756 – 1061 CE)7m
REQUIRED CORE: Museo de Santa Cruz (Toledo) - Welcome to the Museum7m
REQUIRED CORE: Museo de Santa Cruz (Toledo): Islamic Art and Architecture - Part 15m
REQUIRED CORE: Museo de Santa Cruz (Toledo): Islamic Art and Architecture - Part 24m
REQUIRED CORE: Museo de Santa Cruz (Toledo): Islamic Art and Architecture - Part 33m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Museo de Burgos: Muslim Artifacts Become Christian (11th Century CE)8m
OPTIONAL: Contemporary Sephardic Authors: A visit with Esther Bendahan at the Centro Sefarad Israel (Madrid)10m
16 readings
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic Conquest of Visigothic Spain (711 CE)12m
REQUIRED CORE: Christian Traitors: Count Julian of Ceuta and the Mozarabic Chronicle of 75410m
REQUIRED CORE: Al-Andalus: Islamic Spain (711-1061 CE)10m
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic Taifa Kingdoms (1009-1091), Almoravids (1086-1145), and Almohads (1145-1269)8m
REQUIRED CORE: Muslim Berbers Treated as Second-Class Citizens in Islamic Lands (8th Century CE)8m
REQUIRED CORE: Charlemagne, Abd al-Rahman I, and the Siege of the City of Zaragoza (787 and 789 CE)8m
REQUIRED CORE: The Christian "Martyrs" (or Agitators?) of Islamic Cordoba (850-859 CE)8m
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic Astronomical Pursuits: Navigation and Religion8m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Islamic Water and Food Revolution in Iberia8m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Islamic Medicine during the Caliphate of Cordoba8m
OPTIONAL: A Closer Look: The Islamic Taifa of Toledo (1009 - 1085 CE)8m
OPTIONAL: Religious and Cultural Competition Among Islamic Taifas8m
REQUIRED CORE: Sefarad: Jewish Spain (A selection from Prof. Jane Gerber)20m
REQUIRED CORE: Rejecting Tolerance: Ibn Tumart, the Almohads, and Maimonides in the 12th Century10m
The Historian's Craft: The Task of Reading10m
"In the Name of God": The First Islamic Coinage in Spain (711-712 CE)30m
3 practice exercises
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic Conquest of Visigothic Hispania30m
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic Al-Andalus15m
REQUIRED CORE: Sefarad: Jewish Spain30m
Week
3

Week 3

6 hours to complete

Forging A Christian Future: Christian Spain (711-1212 CE) and the Castilian Ascent In Spain (1212-1347 CE)

6 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 41 min), 16 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
REQUIRED CORE: Museo de Burgos: The Urn of St. Dominic (12th Century CE)7m
REQUIRED CORE: Museo de Burgos: The Virgin of the Battles (13th Century CE)3m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Museo de Burgos: Christian Funerary Statues (13th-15th Centuries CE)6m
OPTIONAL: “Petrifying Wealth: The Southern European Shift to Collective Investment in Masonry as Identity, c.1050-1300” project at CSIC12m
16 readings
REQUIRED CORE: The Christian Kingdom of Castile and the Origins of the Reconquest (711 - 1212 CE)10m
REQUIRED CORE: Medieval Spain and the Influence of the Crusades on the Reconquista10m
REQUIRED CORE: Bitter Rivals: King Fernando I of Castile and King Bermudo III of Leon (11th Century)10m
REQUIRED CORE: Mozarabs of Toledo: Christians Who Assumed Islamic Culture (11th Century)10m
SUPPLEMENTAL: The Christian Kingdom of Aragon and Catalonia (711-1212 CE)12m
OPTIONAL: Saint James and the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela12m
REQUIRED CORE: Castilian King Alfonso X "The Wise" (r. 1252-1284 CE)5m
REQUIRED CORE: Simon R. Doubleday's Chapter 3: Stargazers from "The Wise King"20m
REQUIRED CORE: King Alfonso X's Las Siete Partidas: A Legal Code for Three Religions15m
REQUIRED CORE: Christians Governing Jews and Muslims: The Legalities of Coexistence10m
REQUIRED CORE: Las Cantigas de Santa Maria (The Canticles of Holy Mary) 1252-1284 CE10m
REQUIRED CORE: Forcing the Issue: The Christian-Jewish Disputation of Barcelona (1263 CE): Has the Messiah Appeared?10m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Todros Abulafia: A 13th Century Jewish Poet Fond of Debate12m
OPTIONAL: King Alfonso X and the Development of Spanish Universities10m
The Historian's Craft: The Task of Analyzing10m
Las Siete Partidas – Selection Pertaining to Jews, Muslims, and Christians15m
3 practice exercises
REQUIRED CORE: Making Christian Hispania30m
REQUIRED CORE: King Alfonso X "The Wise" and Jewish Communities Under Christian Rule30m
REQUIRED CORE: Castilians Creating Culture through Objects30m
Week
4

Week 4

6 hours to complete

Creating Conversos and Rejecting Religious Diversity: Catholic Spain (1347-1502 CE)

6 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 124 min), 20 readings, 3 quizzes
15 videos
OPTIONAL: Museo de Burgos: Jewish Artifacts from Briviesca - Part 14m
OPTIONAL: Museo de Burgos: Jewish Artifacts from Briviesca - Part 24m
REQUIRED CORE: Treasures of the Archive of the Cathedral of Burgos9m
REQUIRED CORE: Introduction to the Archivo Municipal de Toledo and Its "Secret Archive"13m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Introduction to the Municipal Archive of Burgos12m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Exploring Manuscript SJ-1/1 “Alfonso VI concede al Monasterio”6m
OPTIONAL: Introduction to the Archivo Historico de la Nobleza (Toledo)12m
OPTIONAL: Exploring the Restoration of “Cartulario S. XV. Libro viejo de privilegios de los Reyes Catolicos, LI-385"4m
REQUIRED CORE: Introduction to Virtual Plasencia: A 15th Century Community of Jews, Christians, and Muslims10m
REQUIRED CORE: Digital Video Narration of “La Mota”: A Christian Assumes Ownership over Jewish Homes, circa 1416, in Plasencia, Spain12m
REQUIRED CORE: El Transito Synagogue of Toledo (Museo Sefardí) - 14th Century CE9m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Christians Creating "Mudejar" Material Culture10m
Video Snippet #1 from Convivencia Re-envisioned - Texas Early Music Project - 6 September 20151m
Video Snippet #2 from Convivencia Re-envisioned - Texas Early Music Project - 6 September 201537s
20 readings
REQUIRED CORE: Unforeseen Events: The Plague, A Dead King, and Anti-Jewish Sentiment (14th Century CE)7m
REQUIRED CORE: Civil War in the Kingdom of Castile and Leon (14th Century)5m
REQUIRED CORE: The New Nobility of Castile: Arrival of the Conversos (Jewish Converts to Christianity) (End of the 14th Century CE)7m
REQUIRED CORE: Anti-Jewish Pogroms Across Christian Spain (1390s - 1420s CE)7m
REQUIRED CORE: Christian Unity Under Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand (Late 15th Century CE)7m
REQUIRED CORE: The Nasrids: The Last Islamic Kingdom in Granada (1231-1492) CE7m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Islamic Nasrid Textiles4m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Jewish Love and Marriage in Christian Spain4m
REQUIRED CORE: Exploring Archives that Preserve History2m
REQUIRED READING: Creating Conversos: The Carvajal-Santa Maria Family in Early Modern Spain10m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Exploring the Global Middle Ages7m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Mudéjar Metalwork: When the Islamic Becomes Christian (15th Century)4m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Christians Adopting Islamic Forms: Harmony in Islamic-Christian Manises Ceramics4m
REQUIRED CORE: Cultural Backlash: "Blood Purity" Laws: Separating "New" from "Old" Christians (1450s)5m
REQUIRED CORE: The Spanish Inquisition Begins its Work (1478 - 1480 CE)5m
REQUIRED CORE: The Spanish Tisha B'Av: The End of Jewish Spain and the Expulsion (1492)5m
REQUIRED CORE: Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand Expel Spanish Muslims (1502 CE)5m
The Texas Early Music Project: A Collaborator of Deciphering Secrets MOOCs5m
Musical Selection: De Antequera Sale un Moro (From Antequera leaves a Moor)5m
The Historian's Craft: The Task of Reflecting10m
2 practice exercises
REQUIRED CORE: Formation of Catholic Spain and Its Impact on Religious Minorities30m
REQUIRED CORE: Creating Conversos at the End of Positive Coexistence30m

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