The Comparative Literature Colloquium Presents
"The Narrative Tradition of Exile to the Maghrib and the Origins of the Religious Refugee" with Professor Camilo Gomez-Rivas
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Lunch will be served
Abstract: Twelfth Century exiles to the Maghrib began to lay down a path to exile and integration into the religious and political communities of the Maghrib that resulted in their incorporation into a Maghribi historiography in which certain exile and refugee communities play significant cultural and political roles. This dynamic is mirrored in a similar process of narrative accumulation in the legal tradition that resulted in the formation of an idea of a legal-political community that encompasses extraterritorial members and those ultimately displaced into the Maghrib in the religious wars of the late medieval period. This paper describes the evolution of these intertwined processes.
Camilo Gómez-Rivas is associate professor of Mediterranean Studies in the Department of Literature at UC Santa Cruz. His first book described the emergence and evolution of Islamic legal networks and institutions in medieval Morocco under the first Berber Islamic empire. He is currently writing a short history of the Almoravids and a book on the origins of the religious refugee in the medieval western Mediterranean.
Co-sponsored by Religious Studies and Middle East/South Asia Studies