CMSP: “Imagined, Contested, and Forgotten Wests and Worlds: Medieval Challenges to Modern Stereotypes about the Western and Muslim Worlds”

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Morrill Hall, 404 Cornell University Dept, 303 Morrill Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA

Fabio López Lázaro, Associate Professor of History, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Geographical and politonymic taxonomies (like "Western" and "Muslim") have been historically used to imagine ---and obscure--- sameness and difference between peoples across time and space. In this talk I discuss the consequences of my discovery of medieval evidence that questions a favorite media trope, the differentiation of "Western" and "Muslim." Medieval evidence that "Western" was first coined as a cultural-political moniker by the Muslim Mediterranean Almohad dynasty of the eleventh and twelfth centuries problematizes two central tenets of Occidentalism: the modern anachronistic chronotopic meanings of "Western" and "Muslim" and the agnotological dismissal of our debt to Almohad-sponsored philosophy and politics. I explore how these discourses have essentialized and divorced European Renaissances, Enlightenments, and Modernities---as unique "Wests"---from transliminal phenomena that were not exclusively European, African, or Asian, nor Jewish, Christian, or Muslim.

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Lecture

Departments

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Global Cornell

Website

http://cmsp.einaudi.cornell.edu

Contact E-Mail

et54@cornell.edu

Contact Name

Eric Tagliacozzo

Speaker

Fabio López Lázaro

Speaker Affiliation

University of Hawaii at Manoa

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