Geography of Mudejar Spain & Portugal

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Geography of Mudejar Spain & Portugal

April 10 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT


After the fall of Zaragoza, the first taifa kingdom to be conquered by the kingdom of Aragon, the muslim & jewish population of Al Andalus became “mudayyan” (mudéjar): they lived under Christian rule. There is a progressive loss of rights but nevertheless the mudayyan population remained in their lands beyond the final disintegration of Al Andalus. They changed status again after their forced baptism at the beginning of the 16th century and remained in the Peninsula until their expulsion in the period 1609-1614. This documentary focuses on the legacy of Andalusian population mainly in the Taifa of Balansiya (Valencia), and includes references to sciences, technology, trade and connections with the Mediterranean and Asian worlds.

About the Presenters:

Dr. Barbara Ruiz-Bejarano is honorary professor at the UNESCO-University of Alicante Chair “Islam, Culture and Society”. She holds a PhD in Islamic Studies and her main research is focused on Muslim communities in non-Islamic societies. She is the Director of Fundación Las Fuentes. She works mainly in economic relations with the Islamic world, policy making, Muslim minorities in Europe, islamophobia, economic development, female and youth empowerment or regional cooperation. She formerly worked in several European programmes for research, development, cooperation and education.

David Segarra is an independent journalist and documentary film-maker from Valencia, Spain. His documentaries have been translated and broadcasted in televisions, film-festivals and cinemas of North and Latin America and Europe. And also in Arab and Islamic countries, from Morocco to Qatar, and from Palestine to Türkiye. His documentaries and texts are translated to Arabic, Turkish, English, French, Portugueses, Spanish and Catalan. His main theme is documenting rural and traditional cultures and resistances.

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April 10
7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
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