Dr. Adriano Duque
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
USG: Shared Saint Veneration Among Muslims and Christians in 10th Century Spain
My research focuses on Al-Andalus’s effort to re-invent itself on the international stage through the use of orthodox ideals, shared, and local connections. This includes the Umayyad ruler’s relationship with North-African leaders, religious scholars, Christians Kings. This work aims to give a new perspective on studies of religion and Christian- Arab relations by focusing on inter and intra-imperial relations in the context of Al- Andalus, political strife in North Africa, and the shift form "old" to "new" models of religious identity in the Iberian Peninsula between the 10th and 15th centuries.
At the heart of my project is a reevaluation of the conventional view of a defensive and inwardly looking Islamic rule in the Iberian Peninsula. By focusing on rituals of shared veneration in Spain and North Africa, I hope to show how Islamic rulers where engaged in a pluralistic religious strategy along the Christian frontier.
With help from the Summer Research Fellowship institute, I will expend on previous research by investigating the rituals of shared veneration that were the driving force behind Islamic rule in the Iberian peninsula, caught as they were between multiple identity currents during a fast-changing political and sociological reality in the Middle Ages.