The Iberian Peninsula: Cultures and Religions Through the Arts

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Religious Studies
Art History
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring, Summer
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This course aims to apply visual arts techniques to the interpretation of the Spanish and European experience of Islam, both in the past (the eight centuries of Islamic presence in Spain) and in Modern and Contemporary times; therefore, the timeframe of the course goes from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. The course proposes a historical as well as a contemporary approach to the subject in order to analyze the connections between past and present in the European experience of Islam, focusing on moments of conflict, tolerance or coexistence. The classes and course-related trips will help to analyze the evolution of these relations through the analysis of artistic images, architecture, popular imagery, and film.


This course is offered during the regular semester and in the summer. For summer sections, the course schedule is condensed, but the content, learning outcomes, and contact hours are the same.