Granada Alan Cordova ‘06 Past, Present and Future What challenges face the Muslim community of Granada? How is the community’s presence helping to transform Spain into a multicultural state?
A Brief History of Granada • Roman City • Captured by Tariq (713), part of the Córdoba Emirate • Umayyad Caliphate of Córdoba (929) • Taifas (1031) • Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212) • Nasrid Kingdom of Granada as Castile vassal state (1238) • Taking of Granada by the Catholic Kings (1492) • Decline under rule from Madrid
Cultural Foundations “ Official” cultural organizations promote a balanced history and offer a historically accurate portrayal of Moorish times. However, they often operate by creating programs, which are usually limited to an exhibition, meaning that the only people who benefit are those who choose to attend. Because of their limited mandate (such as the celebration of culture and history), they do not have the potential to significantly change popular attitudes.
Best Practices: Granada Acoge • Local • Volunteer-run • Widespread acclaim • Hub of social services • Word-of-mouth advertising
CONCLUSIONS • Increased immigration will force Spain to determine a multicultural policy. • Need for greater administrative autonomy - look towards the British, rather than French system. • Greater local involvement by civil society - build connections between groups within the community.