The History of al-Andalus: Islamic Presence in Medieval Iberian Peninsula with Tiago Neiva

The History of al-Andalus: Islamic Presence in Medieval Iberian Peninsula with Tiago Neiva


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In 711, a Muslim Berber commander crossed the straits of Gibraltar from North Africa, and defeated the Spanish Visigothic Kingdom, starting a new era for the Iberian Peninsula. From the 8th to 15th century, the land (or parts thereof) which today belong to modern Portugal and Spain, were to be called al-Andalus.

This conversation is a general introduction about the civilization of al-Andalus, contextualized from three parallel perspectives: political, artistic, and social. In the first and third section, we will present the chronology and geography of distinct kingdoms and dynasties, with their most relevant and symbolic cities and monuments; in the second section, between the apogee and the decline of al-Andalus, we present the cultural, artistic and scientific legacy that will change the Iberian Peninsula, Europe, and the World.

We’ll learn how in the Middle Ages, al-Andalus became one of the most important and cosmopolitan cultural centers in the world. It was a place known for its cultivation of knowledge, arts, architecture, poetry, and science. Perhaps more relevant, it was a tolerant place where the three Abrahamic, monotheist religions – Judaism, Christianism, and Islam - could live together in peace, with rich, diverse, and mutual exchanges. The Iberian Peninsula was simultaneously a place of multiple conflicts, fights, reasons, and deaths, and the spirit of the holy crusade and jihadism was also a constant reality from north to south.

Led by an expert on Architecture and Art History, Tiago Miranda Neiva, this interactive seminar will explore the history of the Muslim kingdoms in the medieval Iberian Peninsula and the parallel Christian Reconquest process. Despite the destruction (or denial) of some of its heritage, the echoes of the Arab-Islamic presence are still possible today to be found, in architecture, art, language, gastronomy, or cultural traditions.

Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better knowledge of the rich Islamic legacy in Portugal and Spain and will understand also why for so many Muslims worldwide, al-Andalus still lingers, in a mixture of sadness and pride, as one of the most glorious and richest periods of its history.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 32 reviews
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D.B. (Cheyenne, US)
Islamic history of Spain

Well researched and clearly explained history of the Islamic experience on the Iberian Peninsula. It definitely added new perspectives for me.

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K. Watson (Vernon, CA)
History of Al-Andalus, Spain

Tiago Neiva sweeps his viewers through the Islamic centuries in Spain with lots of detail, providing an overview of the history, environment and cultural high points. He presents a balanced view of the interactions between Christians, Muslims and Jews, a golden age of the peninsula before Spain became a state, which has been contested in recent years due to political events of our time. Interesting graphics and photos.

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Larry Levine (San Jose, US)
Knowledgeable, passionate, complex

Tiago has deep knowledge of the subject matter, and great enthusiasm, even passion, to go with it. The various maps and illustrations were abundant and helpful. The history of medieval al-Andalus is complex, and I found it difficult to keep track of the names and dates of so many regimes, families and leaders. I think a chart of this information, as an attachment, would help participants to focus on the main trends and concepts, without trying to take notes of all these details.

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Tina Lundberg (Etterbeek, BE)
The highlights of Al Andalus

An excellent presentation of the main features in the history of Al Andalus. I took notes and will have lot’s of material to continue the research with. This is probably one of the very best seminars of the ever enthusiastic Tiago Neiva who has the capacity to extract the essence and present it in a digestible form. So grateful for this moment!

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Alison Guest (Peconic, US)
The History of al-Andalus: Islamic Presence in Medieval Iberian Peninsula with Tiago Neiva.

Superb!!!

Customer Reviews

Based on 32 reviews
66%
(21)
22%
(7)
9%
(3)
3%
(1)
0%
(0)
D
D.B. (Cheyenne, US)
Islamic history of Spain

Well researched and clearly explained history of the Islamic experience on the Iberian Peninsula. It definitely added new perspectives for me.

K
K. Watson (Vernon, CA)
History of Al-Andalus, Spain

Tiago Neiva sweeps his viewers through the Islamic centuries in Spain with lots of detail, providing an overview of the history, environment and cultural high points. He presents a balanced view of the interactions between Christians, Muslims and Jews, a golden age of the peninsula before Spain became a state, which has been contested in recent years due to political events of our time. Interesting graphics and photos.

L
Larry Levine (San Jose, US)
Knowledgeable, passionate, complex

Tiago has deep knowledge of the subject matter, and great enthusiasm, even passion, to go with it. The various maps and illustrations were abundant and helpful. The history of medieval al-Andalus is complex, and I found it difficult to keep track of the names and dates of so many regimes, families and leaders. I think a chart of this information, as an attachment, would help participants to focus on the main trends and concepts, without trying to take notes of all these details.

T
Tina Lundberg (Etterbeek, BE)
The highlights of Al Andalus

An excellent presentation of the main features in the history of Al Andalus. I took notes and will have lot’s of material to continue the research with. This is probably one of the very best seminars of the ever enthusiastic Tiago Neiva who has the capacity to extract the essence and present it in a digestible form. So grateful for this moment!

A
Alison Guest (Peconic, US)
The History of al-Andalus: Islamic Presence in Medieval Iberian Peninsula with Tiago Neiva.

Superb!!!