Across the Strait of Gibraltar: Chroniclers from Iberia and North Africa
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May 23, 2022

Across the Strait of Gibraltar: Chroniclers from Iberia and North Africa

We are bridging communities across the sea in this episode of the Medieval Grad Podcast. Emma Snowden talks with Lucie Laumonier about her dissertation, “Bridging the Strait: The Shared History of Iberia and North Africa in Medieval Muslim and Christian Chronicles.” She looks at the Strait of Gibraltar as a point of connection between Iberians and North Africans as well as between Christians and Muslims. Her work is based on fascinating chronicles written in North Africa, Al-Andalus and Christian Iberia, and how these chroniclers wrote their shared history.

Emma Snowden defended her dissertation in History at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in June 2021. She is now a visiting assistant professor at Hollins University. Click here to view Emma’s university webpage.

Emma Snowden recommends the following books:

Eric Calderwood, Colonial al-Andalus: Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture (Belknap Press, 2018)

Hussein Fancy, The Mercenary Mediterranean: Sovereignty, Religion, and Violence in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Janina Safran, Defining Boundaries in Al-Andalus: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Iberia (Cornell University Press, 2015)

The Medieval Grad Podcast is hosted by Lucie Laumonier. Lucie is an affiliate assistant professor at Concordia University. Click here to view her page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.

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The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle

Top Image: Strait of Gibraltar – image from satellite Landsat. Public Domain May 23, 2022 at 06:44AM

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