© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI : 10.1163/157006709X458918 Medieval Encounters 15 (2009) 375-390 brill.nl/me Medieval Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture Encounters in Confluence and Dialogue Legends of the Fall: Conde Julián in Medieval Arabic and Hispano-Latin Historiography Denise K. Filios Department of Spanish, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA e-mail: denise-ﬁ email@example.com Abstract “Legends of the Fall: Conde Julián in Medieval Arabic and Hispano-Latin Historiography” examines the development of the Julián legend in the earliest extant accounts of the Mus- lim expansion into the Iberian Peninsula. Th e essay argues that both Arabic and Hispano- Latin chroniclers used the Julián ﬁ gure to articulate their views of the Strait of Gibraltar as either a bridge connecting the Maghreb to al-Andalus or as a border between Africa and Europe. While the Julián ﬁ gure is a border-crosser in all medieval chronicles, its speciﬁ c treatment in each account varies in order to reﬂ ect shifting relations between realms. In early Arabic historiography, the Julián ﬁ gure reﬂ ects tensions between the ʿ Abbāsids and the Umayyads, whereas in the Hispano-Latin tradition, it reﬂ ects relations between Christian and Muslim domains within the Iberian Peninsula. In both
Medieval Encounters – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: SPAIN; AL-ANDALUS; HISTORIOGRAPHY; MUSLIM EXPANSION
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