Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain

Islamic Spain is variably held up as the arena of civilizational conflict or a land of tolerant diversity and religious harmony. In this free CU on the Weekend lecture, CU Boulder Religious Studies Professor Brian Catlos will show how what we imagine as essential to western civilization actually came to Europe from Islamic culture through al-Andalus or Islamic Spain. Without al-Andalus there would have been no Bob Dylan, and no Bill Gates, not to mention a whole host of cultural, scientific and technical advances. 

Catlos will also focus on the tale of the Banu Naghrella, a Jewish dynasty of poets, warriors and rabbis, that wielded power in 11th-century Islamic Granada, and whose violent end has been misrepresented as a turning point in Muslim-Jewish relations and as proof positive of a supposed “clash of civilizations.” 

This lecture series features some of CU Boulder's most dynamic faculty and is organized by the Office for Outreach and Engagement.

Saturday, April 13 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotec Building, Butcher Auditorium
3415 Colorado Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309