This course explores Jewish, Christian, and Muslim intercultural relations in Iberia from the Visigothic era (6th century CE) until the creation of Queen Isabel I and King Ferdinand II Catholic Spain (late 15th century). We evaluate the many identities of the peninsula known as Christian Hispania, Jewish Sefarad, and Islamic al-Andalus. We trace the origins and trajectory of conflict between these communities (the Muslim conquest of Spain, Christian Reconquista, prohibitions blocking intermixing of peoples, and expulsions). We aim to understand conflicts within communities as well, such as the tensions between Christian Arian Visigoths and native Catholic Iberians or the fundamentalist North African Almohad Dynasty that rejected the Spanish Umayyad Caliphate’s preference for religious tolerance. We delve into an appreciation of collaboration and coexistence among these communities. We explore the unique role of the Jewish community who Muslims and Christians depended upon as political and cultural intermediaries as well as their intellectual collaborators. We find the history of how peoples attempted to create and manage viable diverse communities. As we study this history, the Honors Track will employ an investigative process (“The Historian’s Craft”) that involves viewing, reading, analyzing, and reflecting on events, peoples, places, and artifacts.
Coexistence in Medieval Spain: Jews, Christians, and MuslimsUniversity of Colorado System
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TOP REVIEWS FROM COEXISTENCE IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN: JEWS, CHRISTIANS, AND MUSLIMS
well covered subject. However, the audio quality of nearly all of the Spanish speakers was terrible. I speak Spanish but had to turn the volume way up and even then I missed much of what was said.
My only real complaints are that a lot of the material repeated (readings saying the same as the lecture) and that the lecturer's pronunciation of Spanish names really irked me.
Fascinating material beautifully presented. On an irrelevant point, the instructor's voice is lovely - it sounds more like a guided meditation than a lecture! :-)
Excellent course. Informative and well-presented in a variety of formats (reading, video, virtual simulations).
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This course, along with all Deciphering Secrets MOOCs, is a collaborative endeavor of Dr. Roger L. Martinez-Davila, the University of Colorado System, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). This project has received funding from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement nº 600371, el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (COFUND2013-51509) and Banco Santander. Additional funding provided by University of Colorado System, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and coursera.org. We are grateful for the generous formal and informal participation of approximately 20 institutions, organizations, and academics have contributed content to the Coexistence in Medieval Spain MOOC.
Archivo de la Catedral de Burgos (Archidiocesis de Burgos)
- Matias Vicario Santamaria
Archivo Historico de la Nobleza (Ministerio de Cultura, Educacion y Deporte de España)
- Aránzazu Lafuente Urién
- Miguel F. Gómez Vozmediano
Archivo Municipal de Burgos (Ayuntamiento de Burgos)
- Milagros Moratinos Palomero
Archivo Municipal de Plasencia (Ayuntamiento de Plasencia)
- Esther Sanchez Calle
Archivo Municipal de Toledo (Ayuntamiento de Toledo)
- Mariano García Ruipérez
Archivo y Biblioteca de la Catedral de Toledo (Archidiocesis de Toledo)
- Ángel Fernández Collado
- Isidoro Castañeda Todera
Centro Sefarad Israel (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid, y Ayuntamiento de Madrid)
- Sonia Sanchez
- Esther Bendahan
Simon Doubleday (Hoftra University (New York)
Jessica Fowler (IE School of International Relations)
Jane Gerber (CUNY-Graduate Center, NYC)
Global Middle Ages
- Geraldine Heng (University of Texas-Austin)
- Lynn Ramey (Vanderbilt University)
Hispanic Society of America (New York, USA)
- Margaret E. Connors McQuade
- Marcus B. Burke
- John O'Neill
Museo de Burgos (Junta de Castilla y Leon)
- Marta Negro Cobo
Museo Sefardi-Toledo (Ministerio de Cultura, Educacion y Deporte de España)
- Santiago Palomero Plaza
- Carmen Álvarez Nogales
Museo de los Concilios y la Cultura Visigoda-Toledo (Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha)
- Fernando Luis Fontes Blanco
Museo de Santa Cruz-Toledo (Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha)
- Fernando Luis Fontes Blanco
Museo Taller del Moro (Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha)
- Fernando Luis Fontes Blanco
New Mexico History Museum (State of New Mexico, USA)
- Andrew Wulf
- Josef Diaz
Anthony Puglisi (Cornell University)
Revealing Cooperation and Conflict Project ("Virtual Plasencia")
- Victor R. Schinazi (ETH-Zurich)
- Paddington Hodza (University of Wyoming)
- Mubbasir Kapadia (Rutgers University)
- Sean Perrone (St. Anselm College)
- Francisco Garcia-Serrano Nebras (SLU-Madrid)
- Roger L. Martinez-Davila
Texas Early Music Project
- Daniel Johnson
- Stephanie Prewitt
- Allison Welch
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
- Jaime Alvar Ezquerra
- Maria Martin de Vidales Garcia
- Raúl Aguilera Ortega
- Rosa Sanchez Hernandez
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
- Juan Carlos Ruiz Souza
- Susana Calvo Capilla
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (USA)
- Paul Harvey
- Christina Jiménez
- Alycia Williams
- Kellen DeAlba
- Madelyn Husted
- David Walker
University of Colorado System (USA)
- Deborah Keyek-Franssen
University of Notre Dame Press (USA)
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