Monica Colominas Aparicio

Research Scholar (May 2016-Sep 2019)

MA, Doctoral Candidate in Religious Studies, University of Amsterdam

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.


Convivencia. Iberian to Global Dynamics (500–1750)


Natural Philosophy in Medieval Muslim Polemics


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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:…


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.


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.


Colominas Aparicio, M., Flinterman, W., Krasniuk, I., & Post, A. (2014). Talismanic use of Sūra 59: a probable case from the Indonesian archipelago. Bibliotheca Orientalis, 71(1–2), 53-64.