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Muslim Andalusia: new insights into linguistic and literary exchanges between the East and the West

Bahjat, Munjid Mustafa and Ramdane, Tahraoui and Preece, Abdul Shakour Duncan (2018) Muslim Andalusia: new insights into linguistic and literary exchanges between the East and the West. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 12 (1). pp. 166-179. E-ISSN 1985-3106

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This paper offers a new perspective on the cultural relations between Arab Muslims of the East and Christians of the West, in medieval Iberia (known as al-Andalus by the Muslims) from 711 to 1031 C.E, identifying the benefits that emerged from such relations. Evidence has been extracted from primary historical sources, including the travel writings of Ibn Hayyan and Ibn Jubayr, along with other Western sources and writings born out of the academic exchange of ideas and literature between Muslim Spain and the European states of the time. The discussion also draws upon manuscripts and studies that transcend the stereotypical images of the victors and the defeated. The main thesis of this study argues that universal values and mutual respect between Muslim and non-Muslim communities of medieval Spain were in fact the norm and not the exception. It endeavours to show that literature, in all its forms, had a significant impact on the development and maintenance of harmonious, peaceful relations between Muslims and non-Muslims (mainly Christians). The paper highlights the synthesis between the Arabic and Spanish languages, between Arabic and European poetry and between Arab and European tales and stories. The findings contest the idea of a clash of civilisations and instead demonstrate how in medieval Spain, people of various creeds and cultures communicated and interacted successfully in spite of their religious and cultural differences.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2035/65173
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cultural exchange, Andalusia and Europe, Arabic literature, comparative literature, East and West, Muslims and Christians
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.7 Islam and politics
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC65 Social aspects of education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Kulliyyah of Education > Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Munjid Bahjat
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2018 11:20
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 10:44
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/65173

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