Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain

Course Dates: 16/01/20 - 06/02/20
Time: 12:15 - 14:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Through interactive lectures and discussions the course explores the idea of tolerant coexistence of religious groups under Islamic rule and after Christian re-conquest; how, by 1525, Catholic supremacy led to the Inquisition, expulsion of the Jews and banning of Islam. Tutor: Michael Schraer.


What is the course about?

Religious tolerance in theory and practice in medieval Spain and the idea of “convivencia”: peaceful coexistence of the three religious groups. Starting with the Visigothic period (c 450-700), the main focus is on the period between the Muslim occupation (711) and the period of Ferdinand and Isbella (ending c. 1516).

What will we cover?

Laws relating to religious minorities in both Islamic and Christian Spain; popular attitudes; case studies; the rise of religious intolerance and examples of violence towards minority groups; the effect of social and economic change including Black Death and climate change in the 14th century; the birth of the Inquisition and events leading to the emergence of Catholic universality in the 16th century.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Critically evaluate different theories on religious coexistence and understand how and why the situation altered over the period.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Lectures and class discussion, Reading lists provided but no outside work required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No, just writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HH078 Crusade and Reconquest in Medieval Spain.

Tutor Biographies
Michael Schraer

Mike has specialised in researching and teaching Spanish history for the past eight years, teaching at City Lit for the past two. His interest stems from a passion for history in general and Castile and Catalonia in particular, their language and culture, the fascinating role they have played in wider European history and the many lessons this study can teach us about the issues we face today. He earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge, specialising in the role of real estate in the economy of the medieval crown of Aragon and critiquing the idea of medieval Jews as predominantly financiers. He has a number of publications, most recently a book entitled 'A Stake in the Ground - Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon' (Brill, 2019). He actively researches and writes in the fields of Christian, Muslim and Jewish relations in medieval Spain, the causes and effects of the Inquisition and the demise of reigious tolerance.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HH008

Thu, day, 16 Jan - 06 Feb '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £35.00

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