Legends of the Fall: Conde Julián in Medieval Arabic and Hispano-Latin Historiography

Legends of the Fall: Conde Julián in Medieval Arabic and Hispano-Latin Historiography © 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 lios@uiowa.edu 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Medieval Encounters Brill

Legends of the Fall: Conde Julián in Medieval Arabic and Hispano-Latin Historiography

Medieval Encounters, Volume 15 (2-4): 375 – Jan 1, 2009

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© 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 lios@uiowa.edu 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

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Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: SPAIN; AL-ANDALUS; HISTORIOGRAPHY; MUSLIM EXPANSION

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