Summer Course “Romanization and Islamization in the Western Mediterranean​”, Córdoba and online, 18-22 July 2022  — LIMITE : 25/06/2022



Directors: Sabine Panzram (University of Hamburg) Alejandro García-Sanjuán (University of Huelva)


This IV Intensive Summer Course held in a mixed modality (On-line & in-person at Casa Árabe Cordoba) will introduce English speakers to the fascinating history of two empires: the Roman and the Islamic one. Specialists from different academic institutions will guide a select group of students in a series of seminar-style intensive classes throughout a week-long course. 

This year, the course will focus on the processes of Romanization and Islamization that led to the formation of the Western Mediterranean first as a Roman and later on as an Islamic society. Together we will explore issues related to the sources at our disposal to reconstruct such processes (including literary sources and archaeological evidence) as well as the debates regarding their interpretation. 


The choice of the Casa Árabe in Córdoba as the venue for the course hardly needs
any explanation. It is housed in the beautiful Casa Mudéjar, a 14-16th century building whose restoration received the World Heritage City Award 2011 from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports ( The Casa is located at a three-minute walk from the Mosque-Cathedral. For those students who choose the on-line modality, learning and support tools would be ensured aiming to get a simultaneous communication between the faculties and the in- person students, independently of the model chosen. 


The course is directed at university students and scholars who –regardless of their specialization– want to become familiar with the most relevant issues related to the history of al-Andalus. Taught in English, it aims at guiding the participants to the wide range
of scholarly research on al-Andalus. Sixty students will be selected from among the applicants (for the application procedure see below). 

Students are not required to have knowledge of Arabic or any other language except English; for those who are proficient in Arabic, guidance in the Arabic sources will be provided as a complement. 

A basic bibliography of studies in English will be provided once the selection of students has been made and registration has been finalized. The students selected are expected to become familiar with that bibliography before the beginning of the course. A more comprehensive bibliography, including the most relevant studies in a variety of languages, will be provided during the course. 

As the course is intensive and text-oriented, students are required to be present at each class. An attendance certificate will correspondingly be provided. For those interested
in producing a research paper, assignments will be given and upon submission (within a month) an examination certificate can be obtained. 


  • Francisco BELTRÁN LLORIS, University of Zaragoza 
  • Juan Manuel BERMÚDEZ LORENZO, University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid 
  • Rafael BLANCO GUZMAN, University of Cordoba 
  • José C. CARVAJAL LÓPEZ, University of Leicester 
  • Maribel FIERRO, CSIC (Madrid) 
  • Marcos GARCÍA, University of York 
  • Alejandro GARCÍA-SANJUÁN, University of Huelva 
  • Stefan HEIDEMANN, University of Hamburg 
  • Richard HINGLEY, Durham University 
  • Timothy INSOLL, University of Exeter 
  • Antonio MONTERROSO CHECA, University of Córdoba 
  • Manuel MORENO ALCAIDE, University of Córdoba 
  • Sabine PANZRAM, University of Hamburg 
  • Pablo POVEDA ARIAS, University of Hamburg 
  • Pieter HOUTEN, University of Hamburg 
  • Antonio VALLEJO, Head of the Archaeological site of Medina Azahara 


At the in-person modality, the course will take place during the fourth week of July, from Monday 18 to Friday 22, with a total of 34 hours. On Friday, class will be held in the Umayyad palatine town of Madinat al-Zahra’. The course will be completed with two Archeological Workshops on Tuesday and Thursday morning. For the students who choose the on-line modality. For those students that chose the on-line modality, the course will take place during the fourth week of July, from Monday 18 to Friday 22. They would be able to connect to a virtual room created to resolve any doubt with the professors and in-person students on Tuesday and Thursday from 16:00-17:00. 


Monday 18 9:00-11:00 

11:30-13:30 17:00-19:00 

Casa Árabe, Córdoba 

Sabine Panzram, “…was the only one of the provinces that discovered its strength only after it had been defeated…” – Romanization in the
Iberian Peninsula

Richard Hingley, Alternative approaches to identity and culture change in the Roman West 

Francisco Beltrán Lloris, Latinization and Romanization in the Western Mediterranean: an epigraphical perspective 


Tuesday 19 8:30-11:00 


16:00-17:00 17:00-19:00 

Casa Árabe, Córdoba 

Antonio Monterroso Checa y Manuel Moreno Alcaide, Archaeological Workshop: Romanization: the urban point of view
Juan Manuel Bermúdez Lorenzo, Roman Economy in Imperial Times: the olive oil of the Baetica, a case study 

Virtual room
Pieter Houten, Do we need a city? Romanization in non-urbanized regions of the Roman West 


Wed. 20 9:00-11:00 

11:30-13:30 17:00-19:00 

Casa Árabe, Córdoba 

Pablo Poveda Arias, Before al-Andalus: the historical evolution of the Iberian Peninsula from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages
(4th-8th centuries)

Alejandro García-Sanjuán, The origins of al-Andalus: sources and scholarly debate 

Maribel Fierro, Can Islamization take place without religious scholars? The case of al-Andalus 


Thursday 21 8:30-11:00 


16:00-17:00 17:00-19:00 

Casa Árabe, Córdoba 

Rafael Blanco Guzman, Archaeological Workshop: The urban process of Islamization in Córdoba
Stefan Heidemann, Umar ibn Hafsun and the nativist rebellions in the Islamic Empire 

Virtual room
Marcos García, Islamisation and foodways: (zoo)archaeological insights from al-Andalus 


Friday 22 9:00-13:00 

15:00-17:00 17:30-19:30 

Medina Azahara / Casa Árabe, Córdoba 

Antonio Vallejo, Archaeological Workshop: Archaeology of Antiquity in the Caliphal city of Madinat al-Zahra’
José C. Carvajal López, The debate on Islamisation in the Archaeology of al-Andalus: an overview and some reflections 

Timothy Insoll, Comparative archaeological perspectives on Islamisation in the Horn of Africa and the Western Sahel 

LODGING AND MEALS (In-person modality) 

Coffee will be provided in the morning breaks and the fee includes as well a welcome reception and a dinner on Thursday. Students should arrange for the rest of their meals and lodging. Córdoba has many hotels and restaurants. A selection of the different options available around Casa Árabe will be provided upon registration. 


Those interested are requested to send an e-mail message to mailto:infocordoba[at], indicating in the message subject line: Intensive Summer Course Al-Andalus IV (On-line modality or in-person one, depending of what teaching modality do the students prefer). They need to provide a brief introduction about the candidate’s profile, including first and last names (maximum 300 words), and a letter expressing their interest in the course. 

The deadline is June 25th 2022. Those 30 (In-person modality) y 30 (On-line modality) selected will be contacted by June 28th 2022. 

Once confirmation of admittance is received, registration must be completed using the application form that will be sent. The fee for the course is 250 € in-person modality and 150 € on-line modality. 

Further information: Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9. From Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. 


More information: here

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