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, M. (2020). Translation and Polemics in the Anti-Jewish Literature of the Muslims of Christian Iberia: The “Conversion of Kaʿb al-Aḥbār” or the “Lines of the Torah”. Medieval Encounters, 26(4-5), 443-476. doi:10.1163/15700674…Read More
Colominas Aparicio, M. (2020). Review of: Verskin, Alan: Islamic Law and the Crisis of the Reconquista: The Debate on the Status of Muslim Communities in Christendom. Leiden/Boston: Brill 2015. Medieval Encounters, 26(4-5), 512-516. doi:10.1163…Read More
Colominas Aparicio, M. (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. doi:10.46586…Read More
Colominas Aparicio, M. (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, Madrid…Read More