This volume explores the culture of Iberia from the eighth to the thirteenth century and beyond, following the Christian conquest. While the focus is on literature, the study extends to related cultures. Edited by an Arabist, Hebraist and a Romance scholar, with individual chapters by the world's leading experts, this is a truly interdiscplinary and comparative work.
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'This volume introduces a new concept of literary history, a regional rather than a linguistic one: it deals not only with the Arabic literature of al-Andalus, but also with the Hebrew, Latin and Romance literatures of al-Andalus.' Bibliotheca OrientalisVom Verlag:
The Literature of Al-Andalus is an exploration of the culture of Iberia, present-day Spain and Portugal, during the period when it was an Islamic, mostly Arabic-speaking territory, from the eighth to the thirteenth century, and in the centuries following the Christian conquest when Arabic continued to be widely used. The volume embraces many other related spheres of Arabic culture including philosophy, art, architecture and music. It also extends the subject to other literatures - especially Hebrew and Romance literatures - that burgeoned alongside Arabic and created the distinctive hybrid culture of medieval Iberia. Edited by an Arabist, an Hebraist and a Romance scholar, with individual chapters compiled by a team of the world's leading experts of Islamic Iberia, Sicily and related cultures, this is a truly interdisciplinary and comparative work which offers a interesting approach to the field.
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