Representing and remembering al-andalus: Some historical considerations regarding the end of time and the making of nostalgia

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Abstract

The place that al-Andalus occupies in contemporary popular and academic discourses is characterized by an ill-defined but heartfelt nostalgia. This essay returns to the historical texts written during and immediately following the Muslim presence in the Iberian Peninsula in order to elucidate the conceptual place al-Andalus occupied in them. These narratives convey little in the way of nostalgia and frame al-Andalus instead as a place of wonders, jihād and eschatological events. This essay concludes with a brief consideration of when the understanding of al-Andalus as a "lost paradise" emerged and how this understanding may now itself be changing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAl-Andalus, Sepharad and Medieval Iberia
Subtitle of host publicationCultural Contact and Diffusion
PublisherBrill
Pages199-218
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9789004179196
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Al-andalus
  • Historiography
  • Muslim spain
  • Nostalgia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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