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Coexistence in Medieval Spain

A course by Dr. Roger Louis Martinez-Davila of the University of Colorado.

Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. starting Feb. 10 for four weeks.

This course explores Jewish, Christian, and Muslim intercultural relations in Iberia from the Visigothic era (6th century CE) until the creation of Queen Isabel I and King Ferdinand II Catholic Spain (late 15th century). We evaluate the many identities of the peninsula known as Christian Hispania, Jewish Sefarad, and Islamic al-Andalus.

We delve into an appreciation of collaboration and coexistence among these communities. We explore the unique role of the Jewish community who Muslims and Christians depended upon as political and cultural intermediaries as well as their intellectual collaborators. We find the history of how peoples attempted to create and manage viable diverse communities.

Facilitated by Howard Schickler, this class will include several short videos, ranging in total from about 45 minutes to 84 minutes per session, which means each session will last between 1-1/2 to two hours, including time for discussion.  In addition there are reading materials.

For more information and to receive course updates and reading materials, contact Howard Schickler at

Tue, June 22 2021 12 Tammuz 5781