Christian cultural practice in the Iberian Peninsula belies a lingering paganism in the Peninsula well after we assume the total defeat of organized pagan religion: you just have to know where to look.


Did the 'lady in the lake' motif of Arthurian legends make it to Castilian via an Arabic chivalric tradition? 


The first example of chivalric romance in the Iberian Peninsula was written in Arabic.  

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David Wacks
Professor of Spanish, University of Oregon
I received my PhD from Berkeley in Hispanic Languages and Literatures in 2003 and in the same year joined the faculty of the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. My research focuses on the literary footprint of the confluence of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in medieval Iberia.


Double Diaspora in Sephardic Literature: Jewish Cultural Production Before and After 1492
Indiana University Press | 2015
Framing Iberia: Maqamat and Frametales in Medieval Spanish Literature
Brill | 2007
Wine, Women, and Song: Hebrew and Arabic Literature in Medieval Iberia
Juan de la Cuesta | 2004