Intellectual Cartographic Spaces: Alfonso X, the Wise and the Foundation of the Studium Generale of Seville

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Title:
Intellectual Cartographic Spaces: Alfonso X, the Wise and the Foundation of the Studium Generale of Seville
Author:
Zeitler, Jessica Katherine
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This dissertation, "Intellectual Cartographic Spaces: Alfonso X, the Wise and the Foundations of the Studium Generale of Seville," I reevaluate Spain's medieval history, specifically focusing on the role of Alfonso X and his court in the development of institutions of higher education in thirteenth-century Andalusia. In the past, Spain has been analyzed through a limited, usually western, lens. Incorporating historiography from both eastern and western sources, my investigation traces Semitic intellectual traditions and their subsequent transmission to the Iberian Peninsula during the Umayyad dynasty with the establishment of katātib (schools), maktabāt (libraries), and awāqf (pious endowments). With the identification and classification of these scholarly nuclei, my research maps the chronological diffusion of knowledge and intellectual practices adopted by the Wise King on a tangible level. At the same time, I have developed a theoretical framework that includes the concepts of Henri Lefebvre, Pierre Bourdieu, and Itamar Even-Zohar, all of whom provide a rich, synthetic canvas for social and economic analysis of the medieval period. This investigation has led to a fresh approach that demonstrates how Muslim Spain, though separated from the great intellectual metropolises of Dar al-Islam--Cairo, Baghdad, Damascus, and Kairouan-- experienced nonetheless the very same development of academic centers and institutions, or jām'āt, that were emerging at that time in the rest of the Muslim world long before a similar Christian movement that would later establish the universities of western Europe. Moreover, Alfonso's subsequent adoption and maintenance of these Islamic cultural initiatives, including the designation of space for intellectual activities, is not exclusively of western or of eastern origin but rather a combination of both these established traditions which would ultimately shape the intellectual foundations of the Iberian Peninsula.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Intellectual practices; Knowledge; Medieval; Mediterranean; Studium Generale; Spanish; Iberia
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Spanish
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Kinkade, Richard P.

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dc.titleIntellectual Cartographic Spaces: Alfonso X, the Wise and the Foundation of the Studium Generale of Sevilleen_US
dc.creatorZeitler, Jessica Katherineen_US
dc.contributor.authorZeitler, Jessica Katherineen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation, "Intellectual Cartographic Spaces: Alfonso X, the Wise and the Foundations of the Studium Generale of Seville," I reevaluate Spain's medieval history, specifically focusing on the role of Alfonso X and his court in the development of institutions of higher education in thirteenth-century Andalusia. In the past, Spain has been analyzed through a limited, usually western, lens. Incorporating historiography from both eastern and western sources, my investigation traces Semitic intellectual traditions and their subsequent transmission to the Iberian Peninsula during the Umayyad dynasty with the establishment of katātib (schools), maktabāt (libraries), and awāqf (pious endowments). With the identification and classification of these scholarly nuclei, my research maps the chronological diffusion of knowledge and intellectual practices adopted by the Wise King on a tangible level. At the same time, I have developed a theoretical framework that includes the concepts of Henri Lefebvre, Pierre Bourdieu, and Itamar Even-Zohar, all of whom provide a rich, synthetic canvas for social and economic analysis of the medieval period. This investigation has led to a fresh approach that demonstrates how Muslim Spain, though separated from the great intellectual metropolises of Dar al-Islam--Cairo, Baghdad, Damascus, and Kairouan-- experienced nonetheless the very same development of academic centers and institutions, or jām'āt, that were emerging at that time in the rest of the Muslim world long before a similar Christian movement that would later establish the universities of western Europe. Moreover, Alfonso's subsequent adoption and maintenance of these Islamic cultural initiatives, including the designation of space for intellectual activities, is not exclusively of western or of eastern origin but rather a combination of both these established traditions which would ultimately shape the intellectual foundations of the Iberian Peninsula.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectIntellectual practicesen_US
dc.subjectKnowledgeen_US
dc.subjectMedievalen_US
dc.subjectMediterraneanen_US
dc.subjectStudium Generaleen_US
dc.subjectSpanishen_US
dc.subjectIberiaen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSpanishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorKinkade, Richard P.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWilliamsen, Amy R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFoire, Robert L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMorales, Monicaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGamal, Amyen_US
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