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History of Granada

June 11, 20187:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

The essay, published recently in France, contributes to energizing the European debate over analysis of the Nasrid era and the Alhambra as its main focal point.

The event, organized by Casa Árabe, the French Institute and the Casa Árabe de Velázquez, will include the participation of Gabriel Martínez-Gros, professor emeritus of Medieval Islamic History and the author of the book; Sophie Makariou, general conservator of heritage and an author of the book, and José Antonio González Alcantud, an anthropologist and historian. Presented and moderated by: Pedro Martínez-Avial, the General Director of Casa Árabe.
With this presentation, Casa Árabe hopes to contribute to enlivening the debate beyond just Spain’s academic world on the analysis and construction of the historical tale of one of the most important episodes in Spain’s history, which involves the Nasrid era and the Alhambra as its main focal point.

“The book deals with the history of a city which was like a world, in which everything ends and begins on the dominant hill where the Alhambra sits. For the first time in history, a civilization, Europe’s, was home to a foreign form of art work precisely because it was completely different from what European standards then admired. Granada resounds as a profane paradise which was home to artists and poets, viziers and emperors, Jews, Moors, Christians and Atheists, all throughout its history.”

Presentation information sheet
Sophie Makariou is a general conservator of Heritage. After creating the Department of Islamic Art at the Louvre Museum, she was named director of the National Museum of Asian Art-Guimet in 2013. Her work has focused mainly on artistic interactions among civilizations. Having authored many books, she has also curated several exhibitions, as well.

Gabriel Martínez-Gros is a professor of Medieval Islamic History at the University of Nanterre (France). With Lucette Valensi, he directed the Institute for the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies Around the World (IISMM/EHESS) since it was founded in 1999 and until 2002. He is a former member of the Casa de Velázquez and specialized in the history of Al-Andalus.

José Antonio González Alcantud was born in Granada, Spain in 1956. An anthropologist and historian, he studied Art History and Archeology at the University of Granada and later expanded on this with post-doctoral studies in France. He is currently a professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Granada and a member academic of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of Spain.
History of Granada