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Lecture | LUCIS What's New?! Series

Dhimma and the Conditions of Christians and Jews in Muslim Granada (13th-15th centuries)

Thursday 29 April 2021
What's New?! Spring Lecture Series 2021
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Alhambra, Granada, 1564. Georg Braun, Civitates orbis terrarium, vol. 5-6. Coloniae Agrippinae, 1612-1618, p. 14.

Christians and Jews in Medieval Muslim lands were considered People of the Book and were regulated by what is commonly known as the dhimma covenant. The basis for their protected status was laid in the early days of Islam and required them, among other things, to pay a tax (jizya). But the final shape of these conditions and the way they were actually applied in the day-to-day relations between the communities varied in time and place. Mònica Colominas Aparicio discusses the case of Muslim Granada under the authority of the Naṣrids (13th-15th centuries). What do we know about the conditions of Christians and Jews in this Muslim kingdom surrounded by the powerful Christian kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula? Military campaigns, diplomatic relations, border identities, and religious conversions between Islam and Christianity place minorities under an exceptional light. This lecture reviews some aspects of the dhimma as part of the Muslim discourse on religious difference and its place in society, as well as some of the challenges involved in the study of Christian and Jewish minorities.  

About Mònica Colominas Aparicio

Minorities in the Iberian Peninsula are central in Mònica Colominas Aparicio's research. Mònica’s PhD thesis at the University of Amsterdam (Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies) dealt with the religious polemics against Christianity and Judaism by Muslims living in its Christian territories. She discussed how these Muslims, known as Mudejars and Moriscos, used polemics to build their identity as Muslims and to preserve the cohesion of their communities within a Christian-majority context. In 2016 she became a postdoc and a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, as well as a core member of the Max-Planck inter-institutional project Convivencia: Iberian to Global Dynamics, 500-1750. While in this project, she also became a VENI postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam. She recently joined the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Groningen University as a Rosalind Franklin Fellow. 

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