TITLE: From the Glory of Conquest to Paradise Lost: Al-Andalus as an Arab Realm of Memory
SPEAKER: Peter Wien
EVENT DATE: 08/02/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes
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Peter Wien discusses how "Realms of Memory" are central to how societies relate to a perceived collective past. The history of medieval al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain, served as a shared point of reference for Arabs throughout the 20th century. A nationalist symbol for Arab-Muslim civilization, al-Andalus also served as a common nostalgia for a culture of "convivencia" and a flourishing of arts and sciences.