Spain and the Modern Arab World (1492-2012)

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Sep 24, 2012 Bookmark and Share

This lecture series will explore Spain’s diverse and sometimes contradictory relationship with the modern Arab world and with its own Islamic past.  The lectures will examine how modern Spanish and Arab writers, intellectuals, and musicians appropriate Spain’s Islamic past (al-Andalus) and put it to the service of different national and trans-national projects.  All lectures are free and open to the public.  All lectures are in English unless otherwise noted.

Jonathan Glasser (College of William and Mary), “What’s Andalusi about Andalusi Music? On Index and Origin in Urban North Africa.”  Friday, October 12.  5 PM to 7 PM.  2022 Thayer (202 S. Thayer St).

Jaafar Ben El Haj Soulami (?Abd al-Malik al-Sa?adi University; Tetouan, Morocco), “The Cultural and Intellectual Life of Northern Morocco during the Spanish Protectorate (1912-1956): Tradition and the Dynamics of a Relative Modernization.”  Thursday, November 8.  6 PM to 7:30 PM. North Quad 2175 (105 S. State St).  (Note: This lecture will be given in Arabic.)

William Granara (Harvard University), “The (medieval) Andalusian Cosmos and the (modern) Arabic Novel: Translation and Transculturation.”  Monday, November 26.  4 PM to 6 PM.

For more information about the lecture series, please contact Professor Eric Calderwood (

This lecture series is sponsored by: LSA (the College of Literature, Science & the Arts), the LSA Translation Theme Semester, the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Rackham Graduate School, the Islamic Studies Program, the Institute for the Humanities, and the Department of Musicology.

This series is part of the Fall 2012 LSA Translation Theme Semester.  For more information, please visit the website of the Translation Theme Semester: