About the Spain and Morocco: A Focus on History and Culture Summer Program
For nearly eight centuries--711 to 1492--Muslim kingdoms ruled large portions of the Iberian Peninsula, creating a rich cultural and historical legacy, which has profoundly shaped both Europe and the Islamic world. Islamic Spain (al-Andalus in Arabic) was an important point of cultural and scholarly contact by which the classical Greek heritage in science and philosophy first began to reach universities in Cluny, Paris and England. Even more, the musical forms, the Arabic courtly tradition of "chaste love" poetry, and the mystical philosophy of the Sufis of al-Andalus all found their way across the Pyrenees, influencing the music of the troubadours, the courtly love tradition, and Christian religious orders in Europe that lay beyond. And with the gradual conquest of Islamic Spain by the Christian states of the north, Muslims steeped in this rich culture migrated across the Mediterranean, establishing enclaves that have transformed society in several places in North Africa.
For more information, please contact the Program Leader, Dr. Carl Davila at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing and Orientation
Accommodation is included in the price of the program.
Fees for the Islamic Spain Summer program
- Airfare from JFK to Madrid, Spain.
- Program acceptance fee,
- Pre-departure orientation materials, advisement and counseling,
- On-site orientation,
- Cultural events,
- Travel overseas,
- Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Health Insurance,*
- Various campus-specific fees** (Student Government, Technology Fees, etc.),
- Airfare to and from JFK,
- Personal Expenses,
- Local Travel,
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.
Financial aid applies towards fees.
*SUNY regulations require that participants in Overseas Academic Programs have "adequate" insurance coverage. Students whose current health insurance is not "adequate" may purchase appropriate coverage.
**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
This study-tour is designed to introduce you to the richness of the cultural and historical legacy of al-Andalus through visiting places in Spain and Morocco that still bear the marks of Andalusi history. This, in combination with readings, lectures, cultural events and discussion, will help you acquire a deeper appreciation of the impact this "first rate place" had--and continues to have--on Spain and Morocco. On this journey, you will read about important people and events, and you will stand in the places where they lived, admire the landscapes they enjoyed, tour their homes and palaces, and encounter their cultural legacy in the literary, visual and performing arts.
For the sake of convenience while traveling, there is only one book required for all participants in this course (and it's available in paperback):
Maria Rosa Menocal: The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Christians and Jews Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain.
Please bring this book with you on the trip. We will be reading from it as we go along.
*Final papers for the Study Tour should be submitted electronically no later than midnight, Friday, July 15th.
We depart for Malaga from JFK
Cordoba – 3 nights and 2 days
We arrive in Malaga on Monday morning after the overnight flight. After passport and customs control, we take a train to Cordoba (less than an hour). We'll all be tired, no doubt, so our main task for the day is to check in at our hotel, rest and regroup. In the afternoon and evening you have free time -- rest, explore the area around the hotel, or perhaps take a short sightseeing excursion if you're up to it. In the evening, we'll discuss the significance of Islam in Spanish history over dinner.
- Please read in Menocal: "The Mosque and the Palm Tree" and "A Grand Vizier, a Grand City"
Morning: Getting an early start, we'll have a quick orientation session for Cordoba and then visit: La Mezquita, Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
Afternoon: After siesta and lunch, we'll visit: la Juderia & Sinagoga, Casa Andalusi
Evening: We'll have a lecture on the Umayyad caliphate of Cordoba, followed by dinner.
- Please read in Menocal: "The Gardens of Memory"
Morning: We'll get an early start with breakfast and then go on an excursion to: Medina Azahara
Afternoon: Free to explore and enjoy Cordoba.
Optional excursion to Zuheros and Cueva de los Murciélagos
Evening: Discussion of the courtly music of Cordova over dinner; evening free
*Note that Medina Azahara is an outdoor site. We may have to move the site visits in Cordoba around a bit, depending upon the weather.
- Please read in Menocal: "Love and Its Songs"
Seville – 2 days & 2 nights
Morning: We'll recap our Cordoba visit over breakfast, and then catch the train to Seville (1 hour)
Afternoon: After the hotel check-in, we'll gather for orientation and lunch, and then visit:
Barrio de Santa Cruz, public gardens and Juderia the Alcázar
Evening: Dinner and Flamenco show
Morning: After breakfast we go to visit: Catedral and La Giralda, Parque de Maria Luisa
Afternoon: Free time to enjoy Seville.
Evening: We'll have a program on music and poetry in Islamic Spain, followed by free time for dinner
- Please read in Menocal: "Mother Tongues" and "Victorious in Exile"
Granada – 2 days & 2 nights
Morning: Breakfast and a discussion of Seville's significance in Islamic Spain, and then free time.
Afternoon: Train to Granada (3½ hours, hotel check-in.
Evening: Recap our visit to Seville and walking tour of the Albaicin.
- Please read in Menocal: "In the Alhambra"
Morning: We'll get an early start & walk up to visit: Alhambra & Generalife.
Afternoon: After lunch, a lecture on convivencia and Sephardic culture in Granada; free time to explore Granada.
Evening: Free time
- Please read in Menocal: "Sailing Away, Riding Away"
Cabo de Gata – 2 days and 2 nights
Morning: Breakfast and train to Almeria (2 ½ hours), then bus to San José (1 hour); hotel checkin.
Afternoon: Lunch, walk, beach time.
Morning: Breakfast and rest of day free
Tarifa – overnight
Morning: Breakfast and return to Almeria and Granada -- train to Algeciras 4½ hours.
Afternoon: Hotel check-in; free time to explore Tarifa
Evening: Dinner and orientation for Morocco
*It's recommended that you familiarize yourself with the Lonely Planet Guide introduction to Morocco!
Morocco – 5 days & 5 nights Tetuan
Morning: From Tarifa, we'll take a fast ferry to Ceuta (1½ hours). It may take an hour or more to transit the frontier.
Afternoon: Once we're officially in Morocco, we'll take grand taxis to Tetuan (1 hour) and check into our hotel.
Evening: Dinner, orientation for Tetuan and a lecture on Andalusian migrations to North Africa.
Morning: Breakfast and lecture-discussion on Moroccan culture, then: Tour Tetuan medina
Afternoon: Free (2 hours)
Optional visit to Chefchaouen (bus 2 hours each way)
Evening: Dinner -- evening free.
Morning: Breakfast, then final visits to Tetuan medina
Afternoon: Bus to Fez (5 hours)
Evening: Hotel check-in and:
Walking tour of al-Batha neighborhood
Moroccan floor show w/dinner
Morning: Breakfast and discussion of Moroccan-Andalusian connections, then: Tour Fez medina, Andalusi neighborhood, shopping
Afternoon: Lunch and free time
Optional walk to have tea at Palais Jama'i
Evening: Visit to Ville Nouvelle
Andalusian music concert at ALIF
Morning: Breakfast and free to explore medina.
Afternoon: Lunch, then visit: Andalusian Music Museum, Fes Jdid, shopping
Evening: Dinner, recap Fez and Morocco
Back to Spain
Malaga – one night
Morning: Train to Tangiers (5½ hours)
Afternoon: Lunch and ferry to Algeciras, bus to Malaga (2 hours)
- Please read in Menocal: "Foreign Dignitaries at the Courts of Castile"
Toledo - 2 days & 3 nights
Morning: Breakfast, train to Madrid (3 hours)
Afternoon: Arrive Madrid, change trains for Toledo (1 hr). Hotel check-in
Evening: Free to explore Toledo, shopping, etc.
- Please read in Menocal: "The Church at the Top of the Hill"
Morning: Breakfast lecture on significance of tres culturas in Toledo, then visit: Iglesia de San Roman "Mezquita de Cristo de la Luz" Mezquita de las Tomerias
Afternoon: Lunch and siesta, lecture life after the Reconquista, then visit: la juderia neighborhood Sinagoga de Santa Maria la Blanca, Sinagoga del Transito, Museo Sefardi
Evening: Free for dinner, explore Toledo
Morning: Breakfast and visit: Alcázar
Afternoon: Lunch and siesta, then visit: Catedral de Toledo
Evening: Dinner and free for evening
Madrid – 2 days and 2 nights
Morning: Breakfast and train back to Madrid (1 hour); informal discussion/recap of Toledo on train; hotel check-in.
Afternoon: Visit the Prado, and/or free to explore Madrid
Evening: Free to enjoy Madrid nightlife
Morning: Breakfast and free time.
Evening: Dinner and final discussion of Islamic Spain and Morocco.
Depart for airport -- catch our evening flight to New York JFK, arriving Terminal 7.