Space is limited and some programs close before the final deadline. Early application is encouraged. Students must confirm participation approximately 2 weeks after the advertised dates.
From the arrival of the Umayyids in 711 until the fall of the Emirate of Granada in 1492, Muslims created a vibrant and cosmopolitan civilization in Spain where arts, philosophy, science, and different communities of faith flourished. Al-Andalus emerged as a hub of cultural and intellectual exchange amongst Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
Europe’s relationship with Islam remains problematic as it often involves cultural essentialism and “othering." The arrival of increasing numbers of Muslim immigrants and refugees in Europe in recent decades has reinforced the negative perception of Islam. Islamic Spain offers useful and necessary historical context to explore the deep, productive, meaningful, and less antagonistic exchanges between Europe and Islam. Studying the Islamic past of the Iberian Peninsula will allow us to develop useful insights regarding a complex, multilingual, polyethnic, and pluralistic society.
The course will be divided into three parts: First, we will study the birth and expansion of Islam with an emphasis on the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. Then, we will examine state and society in different periods of Muslim rule in Spain (Umayyad, Almohad, Almoravid, and Taifa). Finally, we will learn about the end of Muslim rule in Spain. The bulk of the course will focus on the second part, which will consider various aspects of politics, society, religion, culture, arts, philosophy, and sciences in Al-Andalusia. We will visit sites of historical importance including Alhambra, Alcazar of Seville, and the Grand Mosque of Cordoba. Since this is a travel course, visiting historical sites features as a key component of our experiential learning. We will enjoy cultural attractions such as a Flamenco Show and contemporary culinary traditions. ¡Vamos, ya!
This course, taught in English, will include visits to many sites of historical importance. Students will spend three weeks in Madrid along with a weeklong trip to the southern cities of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada.
Gallatin students: This course fulfills four units of the Interdisciplinary Seminar as well as the Humanities, Pre-modern, or Global requirements.
Note: Students who are enrolled in this course cannot concurrently take another course.
All advertised fees below will be due according to NYU’s summer billing cycle (typically early May).
*Program fee includes mandatory excursions, some meals, and mandatory international health insurance, which is provided for the program duration. IMPORTANT: the program fee becomes nonrefundable after students confirm participation in the course.
Other Major Costs to Consider:
The Gallatin Dean's Scholarship is available for this program. See our Financial Aid for Study Away page for details on eligibility and additional opportunities.
Housing: Students are required to reside in housing arranged by NYU Gallatin. Students who have questions or concerns about accessibility or disability-related accommodations should contact NYU’s Moses Center.
Travel Documents: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, and certain participants might need a travel visa. These documents should be obtained well in advance of the program start date.