Known Scholar to Lecture
Christian/Muslim Relations in Medieval Spain
Dr. Anthony Lappin,
former head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and current
senior lecturer at the University of Manchester in England, will offer a
public lecture on the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library on December
2 at 6:30 p.m. It will be preceded by light refreshments courtesy of
Phi Alpha Theta at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Peter the Venerable, visiting Toledo in 1123, was introduced by the
Arabic-speaking Christians that lived in the city -- its conquest from
Muslim overlordship was still within living memory -- to one of the most
popular refutations of Islam, the so-called 'Letter of al-Kindi.' From
this began a remarkable project to assemble authoritative texts about
Islam: the first and perhaps finest translation of the Koran (done by
the Englishman, Robert of Ketton) and various Muslim historical works,
which were subsequently distributed across Europe from Cluny. This paper
will trace the struggle by European Christians to produce an ever-more
accurate picture of their Islamic enemy through increasingly
encyclopedic collections of works from those beginnings in Toledo in the
early twelfth century to the monumental summaries by Alonso de Espina in
the fifteenth, and, in the Protestant renaissance, by Bibliander.
Dr Anthony John
Lappin is Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages, Linguistics and
Cultures of the University of Manchester, in the north of England. His
main area of research is in ecclesiastical history and literature, with
a particular interest in Hispano-Latin and early vernacular. Current
projects include editions of medieval Hispano-Latin hagiography and the
early history of the Dominican Order. He is also monographs editor for
the Medium Aevum Society. Dr. Lappin did his Doctorate at the
University of Oxford.
This lecture is
sponsored by JSU and the Department of History and Foreign Languages,
with the assistance of Phi Alpha Theta.
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