The Politics and Aesthetics of Convivencia

Authored by: Manuela Ceballos

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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Through a reconstruction of the genealogy of the concept of convivencia, this chapter argues that beyond a description of historical realities in medieval and early modern Iberia, convivencia is a prescriptive moral and political project that reconfigures the relationship between religion and the secular state based on the memory of twentieth-century conflicts. It also examines how, in related discourses that link tolerance to convivencia, Sufism and courtly cultures in al-Andalus are portrayed as universal systems that are capable of transcending difference, whereas Islamic law and ritual practice are perceived as restrictive, divisive, and particular.

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