Cultures and Religions: Muslims, Jews, Christians in Southern Europe

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cultures and Religions: Muslims, Jews, Christians in Southern Europe

    Course Closed
  • Host University

    ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Studies, Religion, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Prerequisite: open to all language levels; taught in English.

    Course Objective: This course will analyze the period of coexistence among the three religions and how this situation was crucial in the creation not only of the Medieval Kingdoms but also of the modern nation of Spain. Historic, artistic, politic, economic, religious, musical and even gastronomical parameters will be used for a better understanding of Al-Andalus from both a theoretical and daily life level perspective. The course will also focus on the present situation to comprehend the reflection in our society of the multiculturally complex society that Al-Andalus was.

    Contents:

    UNIT 1 ? INTRODUCTORY UNIT
    - Geographic locations in Spain
    - Native people and colonizers

    UNIT 2 - IBERIAN PENÍNSULA PRIOR TO AL-ANDALUS
    - The barbarians
    - Politics in the Visigoth Hispania
    - Church and Visigoth culture
    - Visigoth heritage

    UNIT 3 - POLITICAL EVOLUTION OF AL-ANDALUS
    - Muslims´s arrival and Christian reaction
    - Umayyad dynasty in the Peninsula
    - Hispanic-Christian resistance
    - The end of the Umayyad Caliphate
    - Taifa kingdoms
    - Invasions from the north of Africa: Almoravids, Almohads and Marinids
    - Granada kingdom

    UNIT 4 ? INTERACTION OF RELIGIONS
    - Jews and Christians in Al-Andalus
    - The "Monarch of the three religions". Jews and Muslims in the Christian Kingdoms.
    - Mozarabs. Moriscos. Sephardits.
    - Conversos and false conversos.
    - Pilgrimage. The case of Saint James way.
    - The role of the Spanish Inquisition

    UNIT 5 - LIFE IN AL-ANDALUS
    - Administration:
    - Political institutions
    - Tax system
    - Justice
    - Economy and society:
    - Coexistence between Muslims and taxpayers
    - Urban vs. rural life
    - Agricultural economy
    - Trade
    - Daily life interactions:
    - Family
    - Leisure time
    - Hammam
    - Health
    - Artistic and intellectual sphere:
    - Architecture
    - Craft work
    - Education system
    - Prose and poetry
    - Dance and Music

    UNIT 6 - FAREWELL TO AL-ANDALUS
    - Shepard communities. Past and present situation
    - Muslims who left the Peninsula.
    - Outgoing influences. Influences of Al-Andalus outside of Al-Andalus.

    UNIT 7 - LEGACY OF AL-ANDALUS
    - The "Reconquista": myth and reality
    - The role of Judaism and Islamism in the formation of the Spanish civilization.
    - Socio-economic consequences of the expulsion from the Peninsula.
    - The three religions and the State today.
    - Relations between Spain and the Jews.
    - Spain, a bridge between Muslims and Europe. From the immigration to the Alianza of Civilizaciones.

    Course Evaluation:

    Class presentations (2) 10%
    Quizzes, Participation and Homework Assignments: 20%
    Midterm Exam: 25%
    Final Exam: 35%
    Final Paper: 10%

    Attendance Policy: Attendance is obligatory. More than four hours of unexcused absence from class will endanger an officially certified completion of the course (grading + certificate). Medical absences are excused with the prompt receipt of proper documentation. It is expected that students arrive to class on time and that they return promptly to class after any given class break. Tardiness is figured into the absence policy.

    Class Protocol: Students are required to be involved in class activities. They are expected to show their preparation by participating in discussions, by asking relevant questions, being critical and analytical with the contents presented in class as well as by sharing their ideas and opinions. In class the student is required to maintain a polite demeanor always and under every circumstance. Students are asked not to eat in class and to put their cell phones on silence. With the exception being for class presentations, laptops are not to be used in class.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations