Monica Colominas Aparicio

Research Scholar
Research Scholars are early career scholars who have ordinarily already had at least one postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent academic experience. This is the equivalent of an entry-level academic position (e.g. assistant professor in North America, Lecturer in the United Kingdom, Maître de conférences in France). These scholars carry considerable responsibilities (no more than 30% of their time) within their research unit.
Department I
MA, Doctoral Candidate in Religious Studies, University of Amsterdam
May 1, 2016 to September 30, 2019

Monica is interested in the relationships between Muslims, Jews and Christians in the Iberian Peninsula, the attitudes towards religious minorities during  the Middle Ages and specially towards the mudejars, their manuscripts written in Arabic and inaljamiado (Spanish in Arabic characters) and within the arts, she is particularly attracted to poetry and music.

Her research investigates the politics of identity of Muslim minority communities living under Christian rule (mudejars) in the North-East of the Iberian Peninsula in the later Middle Ages. It focuses on Arabic and aljamiado manuscripts from Aragon and Navarre and it aims to shed light on the function of polemical writing as a discursive means for the construction of Mudejar identities and social realities in the period of relative tolerance that preceded the forced conversions of the sixteenth-century.

Selected publications: 

Colominas Aparicio, M. (in press). The Mudejar polemic of the Ta’yīd al-milla and conversion between Islam and Judaism in the Christian territories of the Iberian Peninsula. In M. García-Arenal, & G. A. Wiegers (Eds.), Polemical encounters: polemics between Christians, Jews and Muslims in Iberia and beyond. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Colominas Aparicio, M., & Wiegers, G. A. (2016). The religion of the muslims of medieval and early modern Castile: interdisciplinary research and recent studies on mudejar Islam (2000-2014). Edad Media: Revista de Historia, 17, 97-108.

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Colominas Aparicio, M. (2015). Review of: Nirenberg, David: Neigboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the Middle Ages and today. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2014. Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies, 2(1), 140-143.

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Colominas Aparicio, M. (2014). Disputa con los cristanos (MS BNE 4944, Aljamiado XVI (or XVII) century). In D. Thomas, & J. Chesworth (Eds.), Christian-Muslim relations: a bibliographical history. Vol. 6: Western Europe (1500-1600) (pp. 43-48). Leiden/Boston: Brill.

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Colominas Aparicio, M. (2014). Disputes about purity in late medieval Iberia: interreligious contacts and the polemical language of the Mudejars. Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies, 1(1), 117-141.

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