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The Feeling of HistoryIslam, Romanticism, and Andalusia$
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Charles Hirschkind

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226746814

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226747002.001.0001

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The Political Cartography of Andalucismo

The Political Cartography of Andalucismo

(p.35) Chapter 1 The Political Cartography of Andalucismo
The Feeling of History

Charles Hirschkind

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the diverse political trajectories of Andalucismo from the late 19th century to the present through the careers of two of the tradition’s prominent exponents. Rodolfo Gil Benumeya spent much of his life working within the institutions of Spanish colonialism, including those of Franco’s fascist regime in Morocco, while at the same time promoting an andalucista political optic that envisioned Spain as one entity within a broad trans-Mediterranean movement, one with historical roots in the racial and cultural melange he understood al-Andalus to be. Benumeya’s career—as Spanish colonial official, on one hand, and active supporter and participant in the anti-colonial movements of pan-Islamism and pan-Arabism, on the other hand—reveals some of the paradoxes of Andalucismo, and also highlights the importance of Flamenco music within the andalucista tradition. The political activism of Antonio Manuel Rodriguez Ramos, a contemporary inheritor of Benumeya’s historical vision, demonstrates the current alignment of the tradition with a multicultural and pro-immigrant political stance. His participation in a longstanding conflict with the Catholic church over the ownership and identity of Cordoba’s famed Mezquita-Catedral (Mosque-Cathedral) highlights the political stakes of Andalucismo today.

Keywords:   Rodolfo Gil Benumeya, Franco, Spanish colonialism, Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Morocco, pan-Arabism, Catholic church, Antonio Manuel Rodriguez Ramos, politics

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