[P4839] Transnational Andalus

Created by Eric Calderwood
Sunday, 11/19/17 1:00pm


This panel will explore representations of al-Andalus (medieval Muslim Iberia) in modern and contemporary culture. Al-Andalus ceased to exist as a place in 1492, with the Christian Reconquest of Granada, but the idea of al-Andalus has had a long cultural afterlife. From the nineteenth century until the present, this idea has served diverse and often contradictory projects, from European colonialism to Arab nationalism to contemporary debates about immigration, feminism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This panel will examine such political uses of the past through analyses of literary and filmic representations of al-Andalus from Morocco, Egypt, Brazil, and the United States. The panel will highlight al-Andalus's malleability as a transnational legacy claimed by competing cultural and political actors. It will also trace the migration of ideas about al-Andalus across the Mediterranean and the Atlantic worlds.






William E. Granara

(Harvard University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;

Wail S. Hassan

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Ahmed Idrissi Alami

(Purdue University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Eric Calderwood

(University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;