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.
Colominas Aparicio, Monica and Jürgen Renn (2021). “Dimensions in the Evolution of Knowledge.” In Wissensoikonomien: Ordnung und Transgression vormoderner Kulturen, ed. N. Schmidt, N. Pissis, and G. Uhlmann, 15–34. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. https:/…Read More
Colominas Aparicio, Monica (2020). “Spanish Islam in Arabic Script: Language, Identity, and Community Boundaries in the Literature of Religious Polemics of the Muslims of Late Medieval Christian Iberia.” Intellectual History of the Islamicate World…Read More
Colominas Aparicio, Monica (2020). “Toledo: Convivencia, mythe en religieuze polemiek.” ZemZem: Tijdschrift over het Midden-Oosten, Noord-Afrika en Islam 16 (2): 155–166.Read More
Colominas Aparicio, Monica (2020). “An Arabic Missing Link to Aljamiado Literature: Muslim Gatherings (Majālis) and the Circulation of Andalusī and Mashriqī Writings among the Mudejars and the Moriscos (MS Árabe 1668, Royal Library of El Escorial,…Read More