The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture by Jerrilynn D. Dodds

The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture

byJerrilynn D. Dodds, María Rosa Menocal, Abigail Krasner Balbale

Paperback | November 3, 2009

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Named a Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement, this lavishly illustrated work explores the vibrant interaction among different and sometimes opposing cultures, and how their contacts with one another transformed them all. It chronicles the tumultuous history of Castile in the wake of the Christian capture of the Islamic city of Tulaytula, now Toledo, in the eleventh century and traces the development of Castilian culture as it was forged in the new intimacy of Christians with the Muslims and Jews they had overcome. 

The authors paint a portrait of the culture through its arts, architecture, poetry and prose, uniquely combining literary and visual arts. Concentrating on the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the book reveals the extent to which Castilian identity is deeply rooted in the experience of confrontation, interaction, and at times union with Hebrew and Arabic cultures during the first centuries of its creation. Abundantly illustrated, the volume serves as a splendid souvenir of southern Spain; beautifully written, it illuminates a culture deeply enriched by others.

About The Author

Jerrilynn D. Dodds is distinguished professor and senior faculty advisor to the provost for undergraduate education, City College of New York. She lives in New York City. María Rosa Menocal is director, Whitney Humanities Center, and Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University. Her previous book, The Ornament of the World: Ho...

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Title:The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:November 3, 2009Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300142145

ISBN - 13:9780300142143

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"In seven highly readable chapters, each divided into a series of carefully crafted vignettes, the authors take the reader on a evocative and thought-provoking journey, and deploy their undoubted expertise in this field to excellent effect. . . . The Arts of Intimacy will become essential reading for scholars and students of this period. Beautifully written and lavishly illustrated, the book represents a distinguished contribution to our understanding of the cosmopolitan world of medieval Iberia."—Simon Barton, Book Reviews