Al-Andalus, Hispanic Kingdoms and Egypt: Art, Power and Knowledge in the medieval Mediterranean Sea. Exchange networks and their impact on visual culture


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By means of a multidisciplinary team, the project aims to make an in depth study of the cultural and artistic connections between al-Andalus, the Hispanic Kingdoms and Egypt along the medieval period, starting before the Islamic conquest of the Iberian peninsula and ending with the disappearance of al-Andalus and the progressive decline of his legacy (namely, the period between the seventh and the sixteenth centuries).

The objective of the project is to analyse the impact of these exchange networks in the society, the culture and the art in order to understand and confirm the important role played by the Iberian Peninsula and Egypt in the definition of the Mediterranean cultures and in the creation of the modern states and their identity values.

The detailed and effective knowledge of these relationships will enable us to assess and understand more precisely our heritage, overcoming some of the traditional approaches (Orientalism, cultural dependency, limits of the political and religious boundaries) as well as having a richer view of the social, cultural and artistic contribution that al-Andalus and the peninsular Hispanic Kingdoms had in the fruitful exchange networks stablished around the Mediterranean Sea.

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The intense and positive intercultural dialogue and the religious diversity within the cultures placed by the Mediterranean Sea, explain the myriad of existing material witnesses which enrich the collections and museums both in Spain and Egypt.

Our World Heritage Sites in Granada, Cordoba and Seville should be understood within the context of a globalized Mediterranean Sea.