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The Conversion of Mosques to Synagogues in Seville: The Case of the Mezquita de la Judería

Heather L. Ecker
Gesta
Vol. 36, No. 2, Visual Culture of Medieval Iberia (1997), pp. 190-207
DOI: 10.2307/767238
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/767238
Page Count: 18
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The Conversion of Mosques to Synagogues in Seville: The Case of the Mezquita de la Judería
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Abstract

There has been a good deal of interest recently in the medieval history of the conversion of sacred buildings from the religion of a conquered people to that of its conqueror, or to other purposes. The most obvious late medieval examples of this phenomenon in the occidental world are found in the Iberian peninsula. It is common knowledge that during the so-called reconquista of the Islamic territory of the peninsula, al-Andalus, many mosques were converted to churches. This paper is concerned with the peculiarities of the conversion of one such mosque in the Judería (Jewish Quarter) of Seville and its historical and social contexts. The case of the Mezquita de la Judería sheds light on both social and political factors which affected the Jewish minority of Seville and the topography of religious sites in the Judería.

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