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The Orient in Spain: Converted Muslims, the Forged Lead Books of Granada, and the Rise of Orientalism

by Mercedes García-Arenal and Fernando Rodríguez Mediano ; translated by Consuelo López-Morillas
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.
Spanish (translated from)
Uniform Title
Oriente español English
Numen book series. Studies in the history of religions
Studies in the history of religions
9004244506 (hardback : acid-free paper), 9789004244504 (hardback : acid-free paper), 9789004250291 (e-book)
Taking as its main subject a series of notorious forgeries by Muslim converts in sixteenth-century Granada (including an apocryphal gospel in Arabic), this book studies the emotional, cultural and religious world view of the Morisco minority and the complexity of its identity, caught between the wish to respect Arabic cultural traditions, and the pressures of evangelization and efforts at integration into "Old Christian" society. Orientalist scholarship in Early Modern Spain, in which an interest in Oriental languages, mainly Arabic, was linked to important historiographical questions, such as the uses and value of Arabic sources and the problem of the integration of al-Andalus within a providentialist history of Spain, is also addressed. The authors consider these issues not only from a local point of view, but from a wider perspective, in an attempt to understand how these matters related to more general European intellectual and religious developments.
  • The Sacromonte Lead Books : The Events
  • Granada Conquered : Castilianization and Conversion
  • The Noble Families
  • Alonso del Castillo : Translator, Author?
  • Alonso del Castillo's Friends : Priests, Soldiers, Interpreters
  • Diego Bejarano Al-Ḥajarī and the Morisco Understanding of the Lead Books
  • Miguel de Luna : Historian, Novelist, Physician
  • Miguel de Luna : Translator, Apologist, Author
  • Jerónimo Román de la Higuera : The False Chronicles and the Sacromonte Lead Books
  • Diego de Urrea
  • Marcos Dobelio
  • Marcos Dobelio and the Books from Pastrana : The Islamic Content of the Lead Books
  • Is The Arabic of the Lead Books the Language of Islam?
  • Father Tomás de León and the Marquis of Mondéjar : A Learned Correspondence
  • The Arabic Language and Orientalism in Spain
  • Al-Andalus in the History of Spain
  • The Arabic Language as a Tool for Scholarship
  • The Orient in Spain
  • Epilogue.
vii, 475 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Translation of: Un oriente español. Madrid : Marcial Pons Historia, 2010; corrected and expanded, with new research and a new bibliography.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Numen book series. Studies in the history of religions, 0169-8834 ; volume 142
Studies in the history of religions ; 142
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