Between Tolerance and Conflict
Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Area of Study
European Studies, International Studies, Peace and Conflict
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This course will examine the history of Medieval Iberia from the perspective of a society
characterized by an unprecedented interaction between the Mediterranean's three civilizations
(Muslim, Christian and Jewish). Specifically the course will debate the historical paradigms
(e.g. convivencia, tolerance vs. intolerance) frequently used to depict the cultural diversity of
Iberian Peninsula's medieval experience.
As well as providing a general introduction to the cultural parameters of Medieval Iberia's three
civilizations, the course will highlight these societies' modes of interaction and mutual influence.
Special attention will be paid to the ways in which contemporary concerns have shaped
historians' depictions of Medieval Iberian societies and the dynamics of cross-faith interaction.
Throughout the course the importance of local specificity (for example, the differing social and
political circumstances in the Crown of Castile and the Crown of Aragon) will be emphasized in
understanding the possibilities of cultural interaction.
Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.