The phenomena of prophethood, mysticism, and messianism are common to all three monotheistic religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. In its simplest definition, prophets, mystics, and messiahs share a claim to privileged communication with God. Through these claims, many individuals were seen as authority figures in their communities, and this at times put them at odds with the political authorities. In this course we will explore the social and political dimensions of these radical forms of religious piety in the Iberian Peninsula, from the eighth to the sixteenth century. In our seminars we will read chronicles, martyrologies, apocalyptic prophecies, and inquisitorial trial records against self-identified prophets and messiahs to examine the interplay between radical religion and politics in medieval and early modern Iberia.
This course counts as elective credit toward the Spanish minor. This course is suitable to be taken in conjunction with SPANISH 308.
THIS COURSE WILL BE IN SPANISH. Some readings in English.