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Dr. AlvarezDr. Lourdes Maria Alvarez, Director of the Center for Catalan Studies and Professor of Spanish at Catholic University of America; Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures, Catholic University of America

Dr. Alvarez's scholarship focuses on cultural and literary relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews and the influence of Islamic Spain in the Arab politics and culture.

Book:  Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari: Songs of Love and Devotion. Preface by Michael Sells. Classics of Western Spirituality Series. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2009.


Other publications:
    * "Prophecies of Apocalypse in 16th-century Morisco Writings and the Wondrous Tale of Tamim al-Dari." Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue 13:3 (2007), 566-601.
    *  Reading the Mystical Signs in the Songs of Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari" in Muwashshahat: Proceedings of the International Conference on Arabic and Hebrew Strophic Poetry and its Romance Parallels, School of Oriental & African Studies, London, 8-10 October 2004." London: RNR Books and School of Oriental and African Studies, Music Department, 2006 (23-35).
    * "The Mystical Language of Daily Life: Vernacular Sufi Poetry and the Songs of Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari." Exemplaria 17:1(2005): 1-32.
    * "That Still-flickering Light: Reading and Teaching the Women Poets of al-Andalus." La Corónica, 32:1 (2003)79-87
    * "Beastly Colloquies: On Plagiarism and Pluralism in Two Medieval Disputations Between Animals and Men" Comparative Literature Studies 39.3 (2002): 179-200.
    * "Anselm Turmeda: The Visionary Humanism of a Muslim Convert and Catalan Prophet" IN The Foreigner in the Middle Ages. Ed. Albrecht Classen, New York: Routledge, 2002 (172-191).
    * "Petrus Alfonsi" IN Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: Al-Andalus. Eds. María Rosa Menocal and Raymond Scheindlin. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2000. (282-291)


Research Interests:
    * Cultural and literary relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews in medieval Spain
    * Hispano-Arabic poetry
    * Al-Andalus in the contemporary Arab political and cultural imagination