Honors Convivencia: Jews, Muslims & Christians

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IDSC 480-08 CRN 43070 Honors Convivencia: Jews, Muslims & Christians
Fall 2012 – TH 1:30-3:10
Professors: Steve McMichael (Theology) and Don Miller (Modern & Classical Languages)

Can peace and harmony exist when different ethnic and religious groups are forced to share land, society and government?  Was there a convivencia (coexistence or peaceful living together) of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval Spain?  The dynamic concept convivencia has connotations of mutual interpenetration and creative influence but also mutual friction, rivalry and suspicion. The seminar will focus on the history of the relations between the three Abrahamic faiths in the perspective of literature and theology.  The main question that will be dealt with is: Was there a convivencia (peaceful living together) of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval Spain?   We will look at the interaction between Christians and Jews in the context of medieval Spain from its beginnings to the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. We will examine how Christians and Muslims interacted throughout Spanish history from 711 to 1492 when the last Muslim kingdom is reconquered in Granada. We will also discuss the ongoing development of Christianity as it emerged throughout the middle ages.

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