Monica Colominas Aparicio

Research Scholar (May 2016-Sep 2019)


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. (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…

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Colominas Aparicio, M. (2018). Profecía, conversión y polémica islamo-cristiana en la Iberia alto-moderna (siglo XV): Alfonso de Jaén y el círculo del obispo Don Martín García. In S. Pastore, & M. García-Arenal (Eds.), Visiones imperiales y…

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Colominas Aparicio, M. (2018). 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: polemics…

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Colominas, M. (2018). Review of: Van Koningsveld, Pieter Sjoerd: An Arabic source of Ramon Martí: Al-Saif al-Murhaf fī al-Radd ʿalā al-Musḥaf (“The Whetted Sword in Refutation of the Koran”). Introductory study with text and translation of its…

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