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Admiration and AweMorisco Buildings and Identity Negotiations  in Early Modern Spanish Historiography$
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Antonio Urquízar-Herrera

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198797456.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Admiration and Awe

Antonio Urquízar-Herrera

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter opens with the case study of the amendments that the historian Ambrosio de Morales introduced in the manuscript version of his core book Las Antigüedades de las ciudades de España (1575) before sending it to print. The changes in the description of Córdoba Mosque reveal the conflictive status of Islamic architecture in the Spanish historical writing of the time. Upon this example the subject of Admiration and Awe is introduced through three angles: the connection of the topic of the interpretation of Islamic monuments to sixteenth and seventeenth historiographical building of Spanish national identity; a review of recent academic literature on the subject as well as on its possible connection to postcolonial theory; and a survey in the early modern historiographical distinction among medieval Islamic buildings and contemporary uses of Islamic architecture.

Keywords:   Ambrosio de Morales, Córdoba Mosque, Islamic Spain, historiography, postcolonial theory, cultural hybridity, cultural homogenization, maurophilia, Mudejar, literature review

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