The diversity in Moorish communities (16th-17th centuries)

14 December 2023. From 18:30 | Conference | Catalan | IEMed
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The nineteenth-century historians who justified the expulsion of the Moriscos saw it as a necessary measure to protect the Catholic faith and the security of the monarchy, believing that the Morisco minority constituted a homogeneous whole. From very different ideological standpoints, other authors in recent decades have come to a similar conclusion: the Moriscos formed a community entirely resistant to the Christian majority and, therefore, unassimilable. However, there are reasons to argue that historical reality was much more complex.

Jorge Catalá is senior lecturer in Modern History and director of the Department of Modern History at the University of Valencia. He obtained his doctorate in Geography and History in 1991. His lines of research are the Valencian nobility in the modern age; enlightenment and reform of the Spanish university in the 18th century; violence and public order in modern regional Valencia; justice and crime in Bourbon Valencia; jurisdictional conflicts in the modern era and Valencian Moorish banditry. Among his publications we can find La conjura morisca de 1570: la tentativa de alzamiento en Valencia (Valencia, 2009) and Los moriscos de Cortes y los Pallás. Documentos para su estudio (Valencia, 2002)

Session moderated by Àngel Casals Martínez, senior lecturer in Modern History at the UB. The conference is coorganized with the interuniversity Master’s Degree in History and Identities in the Western Mediterranean (15th-19th Centuries). It takes place in Catalan at the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona.

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Jorge Català

Jorge Català

Senior Lecturer in Modern History Universitat de València
Àngel Casals Martínez

Àngel Casals Martínez

Senior Lecturer in Modern History UB

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