Postponed until April- How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain – A Panel Discussion

Ornament of the World book cover


Postponed unitl April due to snow storm prediction

Origional Date:  Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - New date to be announced soon.

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

The years 786 to 1492, in Andalucía, Spain was a time when three cultures--Judaic, Islamic, and Christian--forged a relatively stable coexistence.   Students, faculty & community members are invited to attend a panel discussion by three Appalachian State faculty members discussing this coexistence, using the book, Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by María Rosa Menocal.  The three panelists, Dr. Edward Behrend-Martinez & Dr. Scott Jessee, of the Dept. of History, and Dr. James Fogelquist, of the Dept. of Languages, Literatures & Culture, will use this interesting and accessible history to discuss the interconnections between  three major faiths during that time in Spain.

Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to check-out the book and participate in discussion.  Copies of the book are available in the Browsing section of the Appalachian State University Library.  But familiarity with the book is not necessary to appreciate this event.   The event will be Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 5:00 PM in the Library auditorium Room 114.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as the fifth event of the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures “Let’s Talk About It” Program, a series of book and film discussions. The Program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.  This series follows upon the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Program begun in spring 2013 which provided materials related to Muslim cultures to the University Library.

Please contact Allan Scherlen  ( for more information

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