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Event series: “Al-Andalus and After, Another Viewpoint: Dissidents, the marginalized, the persecuted and exiles”

From February 09, 2023 until March 02, 20237:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

Through this series of conferences, we will be taking a closer look at Al-Andalus and the era immediately following its existence, from the perspective of those on society’s fringes. The event series, lasting eight sessions, will be held in Cordoba from February through March.

Organized by the Chair of Arab Studies at the University of Cordoba (UCO), the Abdul Aziz Saud al-Babtain Foundation and Casa Árabe, with coordination by Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala, the event will feature eight presentations exploring different aspects (legal, social, theological, literary, historical and linguistic) of Al-Andalus and the world after Al-Andalus through two of its member communities: the Islamic and Jewish, focusing on the marginalized sectors in both of these groups.

Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala
A professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Cordoba, he also holds a PhD in Semitic Philology and is a specialist on Islamic, Christian and Jewish language and literature, Semitic linguistics, the editing of manuscripts, text criticism and literary criticism. He heads many foreign and domestic research projects and is a member of different scientific committees: Graeco-Arabica, Islam and Christian Relations, al-Qantara, Studia Historica, Journal of Medieval and Islamic History, and others, as well as being a co-director of the journal Collectanea Christiana Orientalia.
The conferences will be taking place on February 9, 16 and 23 and March 2.
Event series: “Al-Andalus and After, Another Viewpoint: Dissidents, the marginalized, the persecuted and exiles”
Manuscript 5847, al-Wasiti, 1237, Baghdad. Abu Zayd réclamant de l’argent (Ar. 5847, image no. 88, fol. 155-156). © Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
February 9
At the heart of the “aljamas”
7:00 p.m. Francisco Vidal Castro: Fractious, Divergent and Heterodox: Some unconventional judges in Al-Andalus
7:45 p.m. José Ramón Magdalena Nom de Déu: Criminal and Irreverent Judges (Kingdom of Aragon, fourteenth to fifteenth centuries).
8:30-9:00 p.m. Debate

February 16
In the Inner Circles of Power
7:00 p.m. Delfina Serrano Ruano: Dissidents “faqihs” in the Almoravid era.
7:45 p.m. Jan Thiele: Rogues, Eclectics and Spectres: Dissident theologians in Al-Andalus
8:30-9:00 p.m. Debate

February 23
On the Fringes of Culture
7:00 p.m. Joan Ferrer Costa: The Mysterious Ways of the Kabbalah
7:45 p.m. Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala: Behind the Scenes in Moorish Letters: Poetry, sex and commotion
8:30-9:00 p.m. Debate

March 2
Beyond Al-Andalus/Sepharad
7:00 p.m. Manuel Espinar Moreno: Dissident, Marginalized “Moriscos” from the “Tahas” in the Alpujarras: The example of the Marchena “taha”
7:45 p.m. Aitor García Moreno: Sephardic Diaspora and the Emergence of a Language
8:30-9:00 p.m. Debate