Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: The Victors and the Vanquished: Christians and Muslims of Catalonia and Aragon, 1050-1300 Series Number 59 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: The Victors and the Vanquished: Christians and Muslims of Catalonia and Aragon, 1050-1300 Series Number 59 (Hardback)

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This is a revisionary study of Muslims living under Christian rule during the Spanish 'reconquest'. It looks beyond the obvious religious distinctions and delves into the subtleties of identity in the thirteenth-century Crown of Aragon, uncovering a social dynamic in which sectarian differences comprise only one of the many factors in the causal complex of political, economic and cultural reactions. Beginning with the final stage of independent Muslim rule in the Ebro valley region, the book traces the transformation of Islamic society into mudejar society under Christian domination. This was a case of social evolution in which Muslims, far from being passive victims of foreign colonisation, took an active part in shaping their institutions and experiences as subjects of the Infidel. Using a diverse range of methodological approaches, this book challenges widely held assumptions concerning Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle Ages, and minority-majority relations in general.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521822343
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 854 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a ground-breaking study that ... is a remarkable, and also highly readable, work of scholarship.' The English Historical Review
"an excellent piece of historiography" - Sam Conedera, History, UCLA
"The author aims for, and delivers, far more than a simple narrative or description of the mudejar, or subject Muslim, population.... discussions of theory of intercultural relations, which are woven throughout the book, add depth and sophistication to the analysis of the extensive archival documentation undergirding this impressive study." -Medieval Encounters, Anne Marie Wolf, University of Portland
"...such creative interdisciplinary forays are precisely what recommend this well-conceived, meticulously researched, and ultimately convincing book to an audience beyond scholars of medieval Spanish history." - American Historical Review, Adam J. Kosto, Columbia University
"This is an ambitious, mature and comprehensive work on a topic that [Catlos] knows well. Undergraduate and postgraduate students along with specialists can learn a great deal from a book that put forward a challenging interpretation in a clear and concise style. The book is clever in structure." - The Medieval Review, Esther Pascua, University of St. Andrews
"There is no doubt that this complex and intricate study of Muslim Christian relations, based on archival sources and a vast bibliography, is not only unusually well written, but it adds significantly to our understanding of the years 1050 to 1300 in Catalonia and Aragon. Furthermore, it is probably the most comprehensive account available of the social dynamics which made up medieval Spain before 1300... Catlos has chosen a difficult subject and has produced an outstanding contribution to the field, a volume which will long remain the standard reference for students of Muslim/Christian relations prior to 1300." - AARHMS Newsletter, Jill Webster, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto
"a ground-breaking study that brings to life a hitherto neglected culture and population, more than deserving of our attention. It is also a model of how such archivally based studies can illuminate a society for which few narrative sources are available... [there is] wealth of insights and argument contained in what is a remarkable, and also highly readable, work of scholarship." - EHR, Roger Collins, University of Edinburgh
"Taken as a whole, this is an extremely important contribution to existing scholarship and to the ongoing debate over the nature of Christian-Muslim social interaction during the middle ages." - History, Simon Barton, University of Exeter
"The Victors and the Vanquished serves at least two purposes: it is an ethnography of the mudejar Spain, and it helps us to see ourselves. the asymptotic relationship between Muslims and Christians in the Ebro river Valley can serve the twenty-first century by assuring us of our own ideological conditioning, even if we can never see it directly." -Michael McGlynn, Professor of Spanish at Wichita State University

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