Special Issue "Andalusi Architecture: Shapes, Meaning and Influences"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2018).
Interests: Muqarnas decoration; Western / Eastern Islamic art from the beginning to 15th century; Andalusi art; Sharq al-Andalus; Mardanishi art
The importance of Andalusi art in its developmental stage, and in the evolution of Hispanic architecture, seems to be undeniable. At present, a large group of monuments and archaeological remains continue to remind us about that great period of history in the Iberian Peninsula (from the eighth to the fifteenth century). Fortunately, during the first half of the 20th century, some great historians and archaeologists, such as Leopoldo Torres Balbás, Henri Terrasse, or Manuel Gómez-Moreno, emphasized the importance of this period. Since then, many successful publications have enriched the historiographical scene and have completed some aspects that previously remained unknown. As an example, the last archaeological finds from ancient Cordoba in the Caliphate period, published by Pedro Marfil, Antonio Vallejo and Alberto León; the last studies carried out by Julio Navarro and Pedro Jiménez on the old palace of Ibn Mardanīsh in Murcia; the research on the royal Alcazar of Seville by Miguel Ángel Tabales; and the latest theoretical reflections about the Alhambra of Granada.
In this sense, this Special Issue will deal with the current context of this topic, and the idea of the main researchers making that context public for the scientific community. Through their contributions, a current perspective about Andalusi architecture will be presented (apart from its importance in the Christian peninsular scope). Thus, this publication will contain works referring to Andalusi architecture throughout its different stages (Emirate, Caliphate, Taifa’s Era, Almoravids and Almohads Empires and the last period, the Nasri stage), taking, as a frame of reference, the most symbolic elements, such as Cordoba’s Mosque, the archaeological site of Madīnat al-Zahrā, the Aljaferia of Saragossa, the realizations of Ibn Mardanīsh in Murcia, the almohad architecture in Seville or the Alhambra of Granada. Likewise, different studies have shown the artistic influence of al-Andalus in the Christian peninsular architecture, which uses elements from Andalusi art, and has been called Mudejar architecture by most Spanish historiographers; of which use lasted beyond the Medieval period, as they are also used in contemporary architecture.
In conclusion, this Special Issue aims to highlight the shapes of Andalusi architecture in its original context and today.Dr. Alicia Carrillo
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- Andalusi architecture
- Cordoba’s Mosque
- the Aljaferia of Saragossa
- Caliphate art
- Taifa art
- Nasrid art
- Almohad architecture
- Mardanisi art
- Mudejar art
- Madīnat al-Zahrā