The frontier of gottfried liedl

Situating the origins of european modernity in nasrid granada

Justin Stearns

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    In a range of recent popular and scholarly surveys of the history and significance of al-Andalus, US scholars have emphasized that Muslim Iberia was characterized by attributes such as "tolerance," and "cosmopolitanism." This article aims to draw attention to the neglected work of a contemporary Austrian historian and philosopher, Gottfried Liedl, who in his Frontier trilogy has argued for the modernity of Nas.rid Granada from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. Through a reading of Liedl's discussion of how Granada was legally, militarily, socially, and demographically both modern and European, this article argues for the importance of Liedl's work to understanding the full spectrum of the ways in which scholars use aspects of the history of al-Andalus to advance master narratives for the significance of Islamic Iberia. Throughout his work, Liedl presents a critique of both "modernity" and the state in its modern form by arguing that Nas.rid Granada was the first modern European state.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)247-262
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Medieval Iberian Studies
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

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    modernity
    fifteenth century
    cosmopolitanism
    Austrian
    history
    tolerance
    historian
    Muslim
    narrative
    Nasrids
    Modernity
    Granada
    Iberia
    Al-Andalus
    History
    Muslims
    Cosmopolitanism
    Master Narrative
    Trilogy
    Tolerance

    Keywords

    • Al-andalus
    • Granada
    • Historiography
    • Modernity

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    • Cultural Studies
    • History

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    The frontier of gottfried liedl : Situating the origins of european modernity in nasrid granada. / Stearns, Justin.

    In: Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, 01.09.2011, p. 247-262.

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