Azahar: Islamic Conquest and the Christian Reconquest
HST/HUM/MES 400.1 (3 credits)
The popular, long-running Azahar seminar retraces the splendor of Islamic culture and the drive of Hispanic national reunification. You will learn about the Islamic influence on the rich traditions of the Iberian Peninsula, including the establishment of the Umayyad Caliphate in Cordoba and the Nassrid Emirate in Granada. Muslim, Jewish, and Christian coexistence and tolerance helped produce such cultural and social monuments (that you will visit on this seminar) as the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Cathedral of Toledo, the Giralda of Sevilla, and the Alhambra in Granada. This 3-credit course is taught in English.
Costs: The costs for Azahar are included in your program fee. During the pre-semester seminar, students receive breakfasts and one meal per day (lunch or dinner), but should budget approximately $250-$350 for additional meals.
NOTE: The seminar schedule, itinerary, and procedures are subject to change without notice.
The seminar is led by Alejandro Medina, Ph.D. Dr. Medina teaches comparative literature, philosophy/religion, and Hispanic and peninsular studies for Syracuse University Madrid.
Patricia Espinosa teaches art history for Syracuse University Madrid.