The Place of the Sacred: Islamic and Christian Visual Cultures in Medieval Spain

Henry Luttikhuizen

In this essay, Henry Luttikhuizen analyzes the interaction between Muslims and Christians in medieval Spain. Rather than address these two religions as competing theological systems or worldviews, alternative expressions of private commitments, he approaches them in terms of social practices, as social rituals and public performances hoping to shape personal virtues and beliefs. Although medieval Europeans strove to re-conquer Iberia in the name of the Christian God by eliminating the presence of Islam, they also frequently appropriated Muslim imagery and cultural practices into their places of worship. Henry Luttikhuizen is Professor of Art History at Calvin College.

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