S J Pearce in the Washington Post
By Sarah Pearce | Published on February 6, 2020
S J Pearce published this article on March 1st, 2019. Combining her expertise in Near Eastern Studies, Iberian poetry, and contemporary politics, Pearce offers a reading on how the far-right used medieval Iberian thinkers and poets.
“Ibn Naghrila was, in many ways, the archetype of a certain class of Jews living in medieval Spain: a native speaker of Arabic and Spanish, well-educated and well-read, religiously devout, respected by his coreligionists. He was a civil servant working at the highest levels of a government led by a Muslim emir, to whom he displayed loyalty even as he came under attack by other Arab and Muslim political interests. He also wrote a brand of secular poetry dealing with everything from love to the highs and horrors of war and laments over a Jerusalem that was, during that period, in many ways seen as off-limits to Jews.”