Moor Money, Moor Problems: What Did the Moors Look Like?
September 17, 2017
When people imagine Al-Andalus, Muslim Spain, they immediately think of a Golden Age of art and thought ushered in by the Moors. The problem is that the term Moor can refer to several groups of people. My presentation examines the origins of the term along with developing a narrative for its usage in Europe throughout history. The presentation explores notions of race and ethnicity in Medieval Spain and more broadly Europe. It also considers representation of Arabs/Muslims throughout history and how this discourse of representation has affected modern Arab/Muslim identity in the West.
Sources & Future References
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- Rogozen-Soltar, Mikaela. “Al-Andalus in Andalusia: Negotiating Moorish History and Regional Identity in Southern Spain.” Anthropological Quarterly 80, no. 3 (2007): 863-86. http://www.jstor.org.proxy.wm.edu/stable/30052728.
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