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Representing And Remembering Al-Andalus: Some Historical Considerations Regarding The End Of Time And The Making Of Nostalgia

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The place that al-Andalus occupies in contemporary popular and academic discourses characterized by an ill-defined but heartfelt Nostalgia. This chapter begins by noting that current depictions of al-Andalus are characterized by Nostalgia for a lost paradise. It returns to the historical texts written during and immediately following the Muslim presence in the Iberian Peninsula in order to elucidate the conceptual place al-Andalus occupied in them. These narratives convey little in the way of nostalgia and frame al-Andalus instead as a place of wonders, jihād and eschatological events. The chapter concludes with a brief consideration of when the understanding of al-Andalus as a lost paradise emerged and how this understanding may change.

Keywords: al-Andalus; historical texts; Iberian Peninsula; Nostalgia



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