Crossroads of Culture: The Enduring Legacy of the Moors

Crossroads of Culture: The Enduring Legacy of the Moors
5 sessions, 10 hours

Join us as we journey back in time to Moorish Spain, a society where Christians, Jews, and Muslims coexisted for more than seven centuries. While much of medieval Europe was besieged by famine, wars, and pestilence in the “Dark Ages,” the cities of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada flourished in an atmosphere of relative wealth and unprecedented tolerance. Inspired by the wisdom of the ancients, scholars and artisans of Andalusia produced a substantial body of philosophy, science, literature, and art… a priceless intellectual and cultural legacy that would inspire the European Renaissance. This course will examine not only the unprecedented multiculturalism and interfaith cooperation that gave rise to such creativity but also the “counterculture” of the Reconquista that introduced a narrative of religious exclusivity that prevails to this day. From Spain, participants will cross the Strait of Gibraltar, if only vicariously, to Morocco, a bridge between Europe and Africa and a land that shares a common heritage with its Iberian neighbor to the north. Through commentary, films, and travel anecdotes, the history, geography, art, architecture, and culture of the Moors and their descendants on both continents will be explored.

Instructor: Linda Pappas Funsch is a career specialist in modern Middle Eastern history and Islamic studies. With an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, she has studied, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the region. A freelance writer, consultant, and author, Ms. Funsch’s latest book, “Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization,” was published 2015 and has been translated into Arabic. She has taught at both Hood College and Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is a frequent speaker at scholarly symposia across the U. S., including Georgetown University, the World Bank, the National Council on US-Arab Relations, the National Defense University, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Santa Fe, NM, as well as the World Affairs Councils of Washington, DC, Albuquerque, NM, and Brookings, SD. Ms. Funsch has escorted several small-group study visits to the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Oman

ILR584 Crossroads of Culture: The Enduring Legacy of the Moors
5-Digit  Number: 16337
Tue, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 10/2 – 10/30
Location: Sweadner Hall
Tuition: $40.00       Fee: $109.00       Total: $149.00
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only

One Comment on “Crossroads of Culture: The Enduring Legacy of the Moors

  1. Linda, Medical issues have prevented me from taking any ILR courses and now I am waiting to see when the next procedure will be scheduled. I would to get an outline of this course and any handouts. I enjoyed reading your articles on your tour of Oman and set copies to Chuck. Harry

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