The Memory of Al-Andalus in Early Modern Spain

Authored by: Fernando Rodríguez Mediano

The Routledge Handbook Of Muslim Iberia

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138649149
eBook ISBN: 9781315625959
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This chapter explores the ways in which al-Andalus was thought about and understood in early modern Spain. Instead of insisting on the well-known model of the Reconquista (and consequently in the “otherness” of al-Andalus in relation with a certain Spanish identity), what is underlined is how al-Andalus became a tool for Spanish and European modernity in several ways: as a laboratory for an imperial expansion that developed the means for managing new political subjects; as a historical point of reference for a confessional society that generated the experience of modern subjectivity; and as a way of thinking about the relationship of Spain with the Orient, and the very possibility of writing a sacred history of Spain.

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