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Summer course "Romanization and Islamization in the Western Mediterranean"

From March 01, 2021 until June 17, 2021The course would take place from July 19th to 23th of the same month, from Monday to Friday 9:00-19:30.
On-line & in-person options would take place in Casa Árabe Córdoba´s head office (C/ Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). The course would take place from July 19th to 23th of the same month, from Monday to Friday 9:00-19:30. Previous registration required.
English-language-only course.

POSTPONED. Experts from multiple international and national academic institutions would lead a selected group of students through the exciting history of the romanization and islamization of the Western Meditenarrean over the course of a week. The courses would be taught in English.

The fourth edition of this summer intensive course, taught in English, is hosted and organized by Casa Árabe, the Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies (RomanIslam) and the University of Hamburg – In collaboration with Junta de Andalucía and the Archeological Complex of Medina Azahara, under the leadership of Sabine Panzram (University of Hamburg) and Alejandro García-Sanjuán (University of Huelva) – would take place from Monday, July 19th to Thursday, July 22nd in Casa Árabe Córdoba´s head office, with the exception of the class of July 23rd that would take place in the Umayyad palatine city of Medina Azahara.

The course would be concluded with two archeological workshops, Tuesday and Thursday in the morning, and a visit to the Archeological Complex of Medina Azahara. The course is planned to have a length of 34h during school days in a schedule of Monday-Friday from 9 to 19:30. 

LODGING AND MEALS (In-person modality)
Coffee will be provided in the morning breaks and the fee includes as well a welcome reception and a dinner on Thursday. Students should arrange for the rest of their meals and lodging. Córdoba has many hotels and restaurants. A selection of the different options available around Casa Árabe will be provided upon registration.

Those interested are requested to send an e-mail message to, indicating in the message subject line: Intensive Summer Course Al-Andalus IV (On-line modality or in-person one, depending of what teaching modality do the students prefer). They need to provide a brief introduction about the candidate’s profile, including first and last names (maximum 300 words), and a letter expressing their interest in the course. The deadline is extended to June, 25th 2021. Those 25 (In-person modality) y 25 (On-line modality) selected will be contacted by June 28th 2021. 

Once confirmation of admittance is received, registration must be completed using the application form that will be sent. The fee for the course is 300 € in-person modality and 200€ on-line modality.

Further information: Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9.
From Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. (
Summer course "Romanization and Islamization in the Western Mediterranean"
Monday 19 Casa Árabe, Córdoba

Sabine Panzram, University of Hamburg
“…was the only one of the provinces that discovered its strength only after it had been defeated…” – Romanization in the Iberian Peninsula

Richard Hingley, Durham University
Language and Roman identity: de-coupling Latin from Roman identity through some case studies

Francisco Beltrán Lloris, University of Zaragoza
Latinization and Romanization in the Western Mediterranean: an epigraphical perspective

Tuesday 20 Casa Árabe, Córdoba

Antonio Monterroso Checa y Manuel Moreno Alcaide,
Archaeological Workshop: Romanization: the urban point of view

Juan Manuel Bermúdez Lorenzo,
Roman Economy in Imperial Times: the olive oil of the Baetica, a case study

16:00-17:00  Virtual room

Pieter Houten, Do we need a city? Romanization in non-urbanized regions of the Roman West 

Wednesday 21 Casa Árabe, Córdoba

Pablo Poveda Arias, Before al-Andalus: the historical evolution of the Iberian Peninsula from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages (4th-8th centuries)

11:30-13:30 Alejandro García-Sanjuán, The origins of al-Andalus: sources and scholarly debate

17:00-19:00  Maribel Fierro, Can Islamization take place without religious scholars? The case of al-Andalus

Thursday 22 Casa Árabe, Córdoba

8:30-11:00  Rafael Blanco Guzman, Archaeological Workshop: The urban process of Islamization in Córdoba

11:30-13:30 Stefan Heidemann, Umar ibn Hafsun and the nativist rebellions in the Islamic Empire

16:00-17:00  Virtual room

17:00-19:00 Marcos García, Islamisation and foodways: (zoo)archaeological insights from al-Andalus

Friday 23 Casa Árabe, Córdoba

9:00-13:00  Antonio Vallejo, Archaeological Workshop: Archaeology of Antiquity in the Caliphal city of Madinat al-Zahra

15:00-17:00  José C. Carvajal López, The debate on Islamisation in the Archaeology of al-Andalus: an overview and some reflections

17:30-19:30  Timothy Insoll, Comparative archaeological perspectives on Islamisation in the Horn of Africa and the Western Sahel
Francisco BELTRÁN LLORIS, University of Zaragoza
Juan Manuel BERMÚDEZ LORENZO, University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid
Rafael BLANCO GUZMAN, University of Cordoba.
José C. CARVAJAL LÓPEZ, University of Leicester
Maribel FIERRO, CSIC (Madrid)
Marcos GARCÍA, University of York
Alejandro GARCÍA-SANJUÁN, University of Huelva
Stefan HEIDEMANN, University of Hamburg
Richard HINGLEY, Durham University
Pieter HOUTEN, University of Hamburg
Timothy INSOLL, University of Exeter
Antonio MONTERROSO CHECA, University of Córdoba 
Manuel MORENO ALCAIDE, University of Córdoba
Sabine PANZRAM, University of Hamburg
Pablo POVEDA ARIAS, University of Hamburg
Antonio VALLEJO, Head of the Archaeological site of Medina Azahara

Casa Árabe, RomanIslam, Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies
Universität Hamburg 

Consejería de Cultura y Patrimonio Histórico de la Junta de Andalucía, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Caliphate City of Medina Azahara.