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The origin of Al-Andalus: Keys to a historiographical debate

From October 09, 2018 until November 07, 2018See schedule.
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Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). See schedule. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

Casa Árabe has organized this series of nine conferences, coordinated by Alejandro García Sanjuán, to be held in the months of October and November at the institution’s headquarters in Cordoba.

This series of conferences will focus on the origin of Al-Andalus, a traditionally controversial topic in Spain’s historiography due to, amongst many other reasons, the predominance of a historiographical perspective that has placed an emphasis on the “disastrous” consequences which the Muslim conquest of 711 is said to have had on the Iberian Peninsula, the famous “ruin of Spain” of which the Latin chronicles speak.

Interest in the origin of Al-Andalus has had new life breathed into it in recent years, above all as a result of the appearance of scholarly publications that have contributed new approaches from different perspectives leading to a renewal in the study of this subject.
 
Within this context, the conferences will deal with the problems that arise from the ideas of deniers who seek to distance the origin of Al-Andalus from the year 711 conquest, ideas whose origin goes back to the figure of Ignacio Olagüe (m. 1974), strongly criticized and refuted in the world of academia by many researchers, though this has not kept such ideas from being revived recently by certain sectors for various reasons.

Event brochure
The origin of Al-Andalus: Keys to a historiographical debate
Tuesday, October 9 - 7:30 p.m.
Maribel Fierro, CSIC (Madrid)
The origin of Al-Andalus, a historiographical debate

Wednesday, October 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Pedro Martínez Montávez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
The dawn of Al-Andalus: from Ignacio Olagüe to Husayn Mu’nis and Ahmad Amín

Monday, October 15 - 6:30 p.m.
Eduardo Manzano Moreno, CSIC (Madrid)
The Arab conquest of 711: new responses to historiographical fraud in the times of post-truth

Carlos de Ayala, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Covadonga: the origins of a kingdom or the myth of an ideology

Tuesday, October 16 - 7:30 p.m.
Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala, University of Cordoba
The arrival of the Arabs as viewed by the Christians

Tuesday, October 23 - 6:30 p.m.
Philippe Sénac, Sorbonne University (Paris)
In the confines of Al-Andalus: the Narbonne precincts

María Paz de Miguel Ibáñez, University of Alicante
The Muslim necropolis of Pamplona at the dawn of the conquest (eighth century)

Tuesday, November 6 - 7:30 p.m.
María Teresa Casal, CSIC (Madrid)
The origin of the outlying borough of Shaqunda

Wednesday, November 7 - 7:30 p.m.
María Ángeles Utrero, School of Arab Studies, CSIC (Granada)
And suddenly, the Mosque of Cordoba: the origins of a site under construction