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CU Boulder Peak to Peak Lecture in Alamosa, Colorado

Jewish Pride and Muslim Prejudice in 11th-Century Islamic Spain
featuring Professor Brian Catlos in Alamosa, Colorado
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Adams State University | Alamosa, CO 81101

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Peak to Peak Lecture Series and Adams State University's Faculty Lecture Series presented a riveting lecture with Professor Brian Catlos on September 13 in Alamosa, Colorado. This event was open to the public and took place on the Adams State University campus.
Catlos’s talk explored Jewish and Muslim relations in 11th-century Islamic Spain. One night in 1066, it is said, the Muslim inhabitants of the city of Granada rose up and slaughtered their Jewish neighbors in what has been described by some as the first pogrom on European soil. Peeling back the layers of history reveals a much more complex story, one that has been subject to embellishment and misinterpretation. In a society framed by religious hierarchies, the rhetoric of religion often became the language of politics. Ultimately it is a story less about prejudice than politics, about a world in which Muslims and Jews were profoundly and deeply connected, and of a massacre that may never have happened.
Professor Brian CatlosBrian Catlos is a professor of religious studies at CU Boulder and is one of the world’s leading figures in the study of Mediterranean history. His work centers on Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations and ethno-religious identity in medieval Europe and the Islamic World. In 2014, he published Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad, as well as Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, which won the Albert Hourani Book Prize, the most important award in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. His next book, Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain, will be published in the spring of 2018 by Basic Books.

This lecture was hosted by Adams State University in partnership with the CU Boulder Program in Jewish Studies and the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement. It was part of the CU Boulder Peak to Peak Lecture Series, a program that brings CU Boulder humanities scholars to communities around Colorado to share innovative perspectives on historical figures, events, and enduring questions. It was also part of the Adams State Faculty Lecture Series.​