Representing and remembering al-andalus

Some historical considerations regarding the end of time and the making of nostalgia

Justin Stearns

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    Abstract

    The place that al-Andalus occupies in contemporary popular and academic discourses is characterized by an ill-defined but heartfelt nostalgia. This essay returns to the historical texts written during and immediately following the Muslim presence in the Iberian Peninsula in order to elucidate the conceptual place al-Andalus occupied in them. These narratives convey little in the way of nostalgia and frame al-Andalus instead as a place of wonders, jihād and eschatological events. This essay concludes with a brief consideration of when the understanding of al-Andalus as a "lost paradise" emerged and how this understanding may now itself be changing.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationAl-Andalus, Sepharad and Medieval Iberia
    Subtitle of host publicationCultural Contact and Diffusion
    PublisherBrill
    Pages199-218
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)9789004179196
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

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    Keywords

    • Al-andalus
    • Historiography
    • Muslim spain
    • Nostalgia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Arts and Humanities(all)

    Cite this

    Stearns, J. (2010). Representing and remembering al-andalus: Some historical considerations regarding the end of time and the making of nostalgia. In Al-Andalus, Sepharad and Medieval Iberia: Cultural Contact and Diffusion (pp. 199-218). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789047441540

    Representing and remembering al-andalus : Some historical considerations regarding the end of time and the making of nostalgia. / Stearns, Justin.

    Al-Andalus, Sepharad and Medieval Iberia: Cultural Contact and Diffusion. Brill, 2010. p. 199-218.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Stearns, J 2010, Representing and remembering al-andalus: Some historical considerations regarding the end of time and the making of nostalgia. in Al-Andalus, Sepharad and Medieval Iberia: Cultural Contact and Diffusion. Brill, pp. 199-218. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789047441540
    Stearns J. Representing and remembering al-andalus: Some historical considerations regarding the end of time and the making of nostalgia. In Al-Andalus, Sepharad and Medieval Iberia: Cultural Contact and Diffusion. Brill. 2010. p. 199-218 https://doi.org/10.1163/9789047441540
    Stearns, Justin. / Representing and remembering al-andalus : Some historical considerations regarding the end of time and the making of nostalgia. Al-Andalus, Sepharad and Medieval Iberia: Cultural Contact and Diffusion. Brill, 2010. pp. 199-218
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