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March 21: Presentation on Cordoba, Spain's 20th, 21st-Century Islamic Monuments

Lecture will be held in Nelson Hall, Room 3.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-9-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Jennifer Roberson, an associate professor of art history at Sonoma (Calif.) State University, will discuss Islamic monuments built in the 20th and 21st centuries in Cordoba, Spain, in a guest lecture on Monday, March 21 from 7-8 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Nelson Hall, Room 3.

Roberson’s presentation is free and open to the public.

According to a lecture preview, Roberson will examine the treatment of Cordoba’s historic Islamic monuments and the new narratives that arose as the political climate in Spain shifted drastically after general and dictator Francisco Franco’s death in 1975.

In her lecture, Roberson will describe how Cordoba, Spain, was home to numerous mosques during its Islamic period (8th -13th centuries), but when Christian leaders took control of the city, all mosques were torn down or converted to churches. By the 20th century, Catholicism was the majority religion and the state religion under Franco. Despite Islam not being officially recognized in Spain at the time, a new mosque was built in Cordoba and after Franco’s death, a new constitution established religious freedom.

According to Roberson, that new religious freedom along with political change, Spain’s membership in the European Union and a growing Muslim community were factors in an emerging uneasiness with Cordoba’s Islamic past at the beginning of the 21st century.

Roberson received master’s and doctorate degrees in art history from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in art history and archaeology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

For more information, please contact Alisa Eimen, a faculty member in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Art, by email at or by phone at 507-389-2886.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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