Monica Colominas Aparicio

Visiting Scholar (May 2016-Apr 2022)


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.


Natural Philosophy in Medieval Muslim Polemics


Convivencia. Iberian to Global Dynamics (500–1750)


Selected Publications

Colominas Aparicio, Mònica, 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:/…

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Colominas Aparicio, Mònica (2020). “Comparing Comparisons in Muslim Polemical Writings from Christian Iberia and Exile: Muḥammad al-Qaysī’s Kitāb Miftāḥ al-Dīn and the Anonymous Tratado de los dos caminos.” Entangled Religions 11 (4): 1–20. https:/…

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Colominas Aparicio, Mònica, and Gerard Wiegers (2020). “A Moor of Granada: Prophecies as Political Instruments in the Entangled Histories of Spain, Portugal, and the Middle East (16th–18th Centuries).” Hamsa: Journal of Judaic and Islamic Studies 6 …

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Colominas Aparicio, Mònica (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…

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