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In the Light of Medieval Spain

In the Light of Medieval Spain by Simon R. Doubleday
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If the idea of the medieval has been widely deployed in the colonial and neocolonial West as a marker of cultural backwardness, the Anglo-American perspective has often regarded Spain as part of a historically underdeveloped world and as a late-comer to Protestant/Enlightenment traditions of democracy, tolerance, and progress. Yet the many cultural dimensions of medieval Iberia make it pressingly relevant to current critiques of western modernity. This volume, which brings into dialogue historians and literary scholars in medieval and modern Iberian cultures, interrogates the contemporary significance of the distant Spanish past, particularly in regard to tensions in the relationship between the West and Islam. Rejecting an illusory space of neutrality, the search for relevance is envisioned as an ethically and politically necessary form of inquiry. 

Palgrave Macmillan; August 2008
238 pages; ISBN 9780230614086
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Title: In the Light of Medieval Spain
Author: Simon R. Doubleday; David Coleman; Giles Tremlett
 
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0230614086
9780230614086
9781403983893