Admiration and Awe: Morisco Buildings and Identity Negotiations in Early Modern Spanish Historiography (Hardcover)

Admiration and Awe: Morisco Buildings and Identity Negotiations in Early Modern Spanish Historiography By Antonio Urquizar-Herrera Cover Image
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This book offers the first systematic analysis of the cultural and religious appropriation of Andalusian architecture by Spanish historians during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. To date this process of Christian appropriation has generally been discussed as a phenomenon of architectural hybridization. However, this was a period in which the construction of a Spanish national identity became a key focus of historical discourse. As a result, cultural hybridity encountered partial opposition from those seeking to establish cultural and religious homogeneity.

Spain's Islamic past became a major concern in this period and historical writing served as the site for a complex negotiation of identity. Historians and antiquarians used a range of strategies to re-appropriate the meaning of medieval Islamic heritage as befitted the new identity of Spain as a Catholic monarchy and empire. On the one hand, the monuments' Islamic origin was subjected to historical revisions and re-identified as Roman or Phoenician. On the other hand, religious forgeries were invented that staked claims for buildings and cities having been founded by Christians prior to the arrival of the Muslims in Spain. Islamic stones were used as core evidence in debates that shaped the early development of archaeology, and they also became the centre of a historical controversy about the origin of Spain as a nation as well as its ecclesiastical history.

About the Author

Antonio Urquizar-Herrera is Associate Professor at the History of Art Department of the UNED, Madrid, as well as Life Member at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He has published several monographs about Early Modern Art in Spain, among them Coleccionismo y nobleza. Signos de distincion social en la Andalucia del Renacimiento (2007). He has also published more than thirty book chapters and articles in International and Spanish peer review journals. He has been principle investigator of a number of different research groups and research projects on Early Modern Art in Spain.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780198797456
ISBN-10: 0198797451
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Pages: 290
Language: English