Islamic Literary Salons and Andalusian Historiography: Narrating the Conquest of Iberia


February 8, 2013 - 12:00pm


2520C, University Capitol Centre

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How did competitive, witty conversations at elite salons shape Spanish histories of the Iberian kingdom of al–Andalus? In the first lecture of the European Studies Group spring lecture series, UI associate professor Denise K. Filios will analyze the traces of such oral performances in two stories about Musa b. Nusayr, the conqueror of al–Andalus.

Filios’s talk, titled “Islamic Literary Salons and Andalusian Historiography:  Narrating the Conquest of Iberia,” will be held at noon on Friday, Feb. 8, in 2520C, University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public and a light luncheon will be provided.

Filios is an associate professor in the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her teaching and research focus on medieval Spanish literature, women in literature, performance, and North African–Spanish cultural contacts from 711 to the present. Her current research focuses on depictions of the Muslim kingdom of Al–Andalus in North American, Spanish, and North African historiography and literature.