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Is Arabic a Spanish Language? The Uses of Arabic in Early Modern Spain

AuthorsGarcía-Arenal, Mercedes
Issue Date2015
PublisherUniversity of California, San Diego
CitationThe James K. Binder Lectureship in Literature Nº 10, april 16th, University of California San Diego, 33 págs. (2015)
AbstractStarring in the sixteenth century, a new interest in Oriental languages arose in Europe, and in particular an interest in Arabic. This interest in Arabic stemmed from the textual study of the Bible, which so absorted Eropean scholars in the age of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. This is, then, an early "Orientalism" that has little to do with colonial enterprises, and follows different paths than those outlined by Said in his famous book Orientalism. It has traditionally been argued that Spain played no part in forming this Orientalist knowledge. In fact, from its European contemporaries of the sisteenth century down to the historiography of the twentieth century, Spain was essentially held to be an Oriental country itself, and therefore more of an object of "Orientalism" than an actual producer of Orientalist learning. This paper focus on these two assumptions by examining the situation of the study of Arabic in Spain, and showing how in Spain Arabic scholars were immersed in a very specific context and in an ideological debate in which the role of the Arabic language was a crucial one.
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