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. (2017). Review of: Koningsveld, P.S. van, Q. Al-Samarrai, and G.A. Wiegers (eds.): Aḥmad ibn Qāsim al-Ḥajarī (d. after 1640). Kitāb Nāṣir al-Dīn ῾alā ’l-Qawm al-Kāfirīn. (The Supporter of Religion against the Infidels). Madrid…Read More
Colominas Aparicio, M. (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, 8(1),…Read More
Colominas Aparicio, M. (2018). The religious polemics of the Muslims of late medieval christian Iberia: identity and religious authority in Mudejar Islam. Leiden: Brill.Read More
Colominas Aparicio, M. (2018). Predestination and free will in Mudejar polemics: the Kitāb al-Mujādala maa-l-Yahūd wa-l-Naārā [The book called the disputation with the Jews and the Christians] and its historical and intellectual background. Medieval…Read More