‘Family structures in Al-Andalus’

The February session of the Al-Andalus Chair will focus on Family Structures in Al-Andalus, through the conference of Cristina de la Puente, Scientific Researcher in the Department of Jewish and Islamic Studies of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC ).

In her speech, on 23 February at 7.30 pm, he will give an overview of the different family structures that coexisted during the long chronological period that was the history of Al-Andalus.

At present, more and more work is devoted to Andalusian social history, especially those centered on the women of Al-Andalus; However, there are few studies whose main theme is the “Muslim family” as a whole. Likewise, in works that deal with the subject laterally, the family is usually conceived from a Western-Christian perspective in which attention is paid mainly to its fundamental nucleus (parents and children), ignoring that the rich Arab sources, belonging to Different genres (legal, historical, literary …) attest to the existence of very different family structures, to which belonged other types of individuals (domestic slaves, milk relatives, etc.), whose role in society was very relevant. For all this, this new proposal of Al-Andalus Chair is so attractive for lovers of this subject and the general public.

To attend the conference you need to register in advance on this link.


About Cristina de la Puente

She has been a researcher in Arab and Islamic studies, doctor of the Complutense University since 1994. She has had pre and postdoctoral stays at the Orientalisches Seminar of the University of Tübingen (1992-96), after which she joined the Institute of Languages ​​and Cultures of the Mediterranean Of the CSIC, obtaining a place of scientist in 1999. Between 2012 and 2014 was Coordinator of the Humanities and Social Sciences Area of ​​the CSIC and later assumed the Deputy Vice-Presidency of Internationalization (2014-2015) and the Scientific and Technical Areas. Since April 2016 she is Vice-President of Scientific and Technical Research of the Higher Council of Scientific Research.

She has participated and directed national and international research projects on Andalusian social history, Islamic law and religiosity. She was a member of a European Science Foundation project: ‘Individual and Society in the Mediterranean Muslim World’ (1996-2000) and has been a member of the Humanities Committee of Science Europe (2012-2015). She is the author of several articles, chapters and collective books and monographs.

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