IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 401: Special Lecture: Heresy and Political Legitimacy in Muslim Spain and Portugal

Monday 13 July 2009, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:Santander Universities
Introduction:Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Speaker:Maribel Fierro, Centro de Ciencias Humanidades y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Abstract

Scholars from the beginning to the end of Muslim presence in Iberia boasted that one of the virtues of al-Andalus was the fact that the appearance of heretical sects or sectarian groups only occurred rarely and briefly, as God quickly intervened to destroy and annhilate them. This picture of extreme orthodoxy is reminiscent of later periods when Christianity predominated. However, to what extent was it linked to the needs and realities of political legitimacy? When, how and by whom was it challenged? Did it help or obstruct Muslim survival in a land often described as an island surrounded by the sea and the Christians?

Please note that admission to this event will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In contrast to previous years there will be no tickets for the event. We recommend that you arrive as early as possible to avoid disappointment. The room will open 15 minutes before the lecture is scheduled to begin.

This lecture will launch a new Congress Scholarship Scheme through Santander Universities. All Congress participants are invited to a celebratory reception in the Weetwood Courtyard following the lecture