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On The Concept Of Mudejarism

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The creation of Mudejarismo (Mudejarism), a concept which clearly integrated the Semitic element into the past of the Iberian Peninsula, is one of the great historiographical achievements of the second half of the twentieth century. A number of aspects of Mudejarism are worthy of treatment. The centuries known as the Golden Age witnessed a mitigated version of Mudejarism. Intellectual responsibilities remained in Jewish terrain, now committed to a creative opening up to the modern world, whilst mechanical tasks (crafts and farming) continued visibly in crypto-Muslim hands. Yet, modern critics, influenced by the Inquisitorial myth of a homogeneous early modern Spanish society, have been reluctant to admit that Spain's Golden Age of thought, literature and religious sentiment was achieved thanks to the efforts of generations of men and women (Teresa of Avila) of officially tainted origin, who fought for an open and liberating Christianity to oppose Inquisitorial oppression.

Keywords: Christianity; Golden Age; Mudejarism; Spanish society



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