Mercedes García-Arenal - Selected publications#

  • With G. Wiegers, Un hombre en tres mundos (Madrid: Siglo XXI, 2002) translated into English as A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew between Catholic and Protestant Europe (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003); Arabic (Cairo: Ministry of Culture, 2006); and Italian (Rome: Casa Editrice Viella, 2012). This book reconstructs the story of a Jewish Moroccan family between Catholic Spain and the Protestant Low Countries. Its translation to several languages has meant a wide impact.
  • With Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, Un Oriente español: Los moriscos y el Sacromonte en tiempos de Contrarreforma (Madrid: Marcial Pons, 2010). Taking as its main subject some notorious forgeries by Muslim converts in sixteenth-century Granada (including an apocryphal gospel in Arabic) this book studies the emotional, cultural and religious world-view of the Morisco minority and the complexity of its identity, caught between the wish to respect Arabic cultural traditions, and the pressures of evangelization and efforts at integration into “Old Christian” society. Ithas been translated into English as The Orient in Spain: Converted Muslims, the forged Lead Books of Granada and the Rise of Orientalism, Numen Series, E.J. Brill, Leiden, to appear April 2013.
  • Messianism and Puritanical Reform: Mahdis of the Muslim West (Leiden: Brill, 2006). In this book I analysed the connection between Sufi legitimation, sacred descent and expectations of the coming of a Mahdi, that is a second Muhammad. I also looked at how prophetic descent (sharifism) functioned as symbolic capital in Iberia and the Maghreb.
  • Ahmad al-Mansur: The Beginnings of Modern Morocco (London: Oneworld, 2009)

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals and Collective Books
  • “Un reconfort pour ceux qui sont dans l’attente: Prophétie et millénarisme dans la péninsule Ibérique et au Maghreb (XVI-XVII siècles).” Revue de l'Histoire des Religions 220-224 (2003): 445-486.
  • “A Catholic Muslim Prophet: Agustín de Ribera, the Boy ‘Who Saw Angels’.” Common Knowledge 18, 2 (2012): 267-291.
  • “Conversion to Islam: From the ‘Age of Conversions’ to the ‘Millet System’.” In Maribel Fierro (ed.) New Cambridge History of Islam: The Western Islamic World. Vol 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010): 596-606.
  • “The Religious Identity of the Arabic Language and the Affair of the Lead Books of Granada.” Arabica 56 (2009), 495-528.
  • “Religious Dissent and Minorities: The Morisco Age.” Journal of Modern History 81 (2009), 888-920.
  • “Shurafa in the Last Times of al-Andalus and in the Morisco Period.” In Morimoto Kazuo (ed.), Sayyids and Sharifs in Muslim Societies: The Living Links to the Prophet” (London, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012), 161-185.

Book edited

With Gerard Wiegers: Los moriscos. Expulsión y diáspora: una perspectiva internacional. Valencia, Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad, 2012. Translated into English, to appear in Medievakl and Early Modern Iberia Series, E.J. Brill, 2013.

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