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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 234: Castile and al-Andalus in the Early Middle Ages: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Expansion and Conflict

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Ivan García Izquierdo, Facultad de Humanidades y Comunicación, Universidad de Burgos
Moderator/Chair:Javier Albarrán-Iruela, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Paper 234-aEvidence of Islamic Presence in 8th-Century Castile
(Language: English)
David Peterson, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Burgos
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Geography and Settlement Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Onomastics
Paper 234-bEstrategias Organizativas y Evidencias Materiales de la Ocupación Tardocalifal del Extremo Oriental del Sistema Central (ss. X-XI)
(Language: Español)
Enrique Daza Pardo, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - General, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Military History
Paper 234-cMecanismos de Integración de una Sociedad de Frontera: Reflexiones Acerca de la Castilla del Duero Oriental a Partir del Registro Escrito y la Evidencia Material (ss. X-XI)
(Language: Español)
Ivan García Izquierdo, Facultad de Humanidades y Comunicación, Universidad de Burgos
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Local History, Social History

In this four-paper session we will examine the origins and expansion southwards of the County of Castile framed by its relationship to al-Andalus. Starting with the evidence for Islamic occupation of the region in the early 8th century, and the subsequent emergence in the far north of a new entity called Castella or al-Qila, we trace Castilian expansion southwards in conflict with al-Andalus and the unstable frontier that eventually emerges on the southern fringes of the Duero basin. The approach will be multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on material evidence, but also incorporating both written sources and onomastics.