Moriscos and Iberian Thought | Seth Kimmel

E351 | In 1609 the Moriscos were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula, marking the end of a hundred year effort to assimilate as New Christians these former Muslims. In this podcast, Seth Kimmel speaks to us about the impact of these conversions and expulsions on Iberian intellectual history. We discuss how Spanish officials and scholars attempted to force Moriscos to abandon practices like speaking Arabic and going to the bathhouse. In the process, each of these groups had to define the line between religion and culture, not only for Islam but also for Christianity. At the same time, the need to explain the failure of Morisco integration required new techniques of narration, source usage, and philological expertise. Taken together, these are unexpected intellectual and religious developments from a tragic chapter of history. see more at Seth Kimmel is assistant professor in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, where he studies the literatures and cultures of medieval and early modern Iberia. He is the author of Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain (University of Chicago Press, 2015) Nir Shafir is a historian whose research explores the intellectual and religious history of the early modern Middle East, with a focus on material culture and the history of science and technology. He curates Ottoman History Podcast’s series on history of science in addition to being one of the co-founders of HAZINE, a website that explores the archives and libraries of the Islamic world. He is an assistant professor of history at UCSD. CREDITS Episode No. 351 Release Date: 13 March 2018 Recording Location: La Jolla, Calif. Audio editing by Matthew Ghazarian Music: Istanbul'dan Ayva Gelir Nar Gelir - Azize Tozem and Sari Recep and Baglamamin Dugumu - Necmiye Ararat and Muzaffer Images and bibliography courtesy of Seth Kimmel Available at

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