Multicultural Cohesion: Architectural Aesthetic Values Give a Sense of Cultural Identity

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Abstract

This article examines how leadership and strategy influenced the multicultural settings in Spain, effectively changing Spain’s cultural identity from rural Visigothic in the eighth century to Islamic-Visigothic by the fifteenth century. This research uses qualitative methods and an ethnographic perspective to investigate how poetic approaches supported communal relationships in Spain. It examines the role of the Abd al-Rahman and his caliphates in creating a new page in Spain’s history and shaping a new cultural identity from its complex multicultural environment. The development of the cultural identity represented by the mudejar architectural phenomenon will be revealed through Christian and Jewish architectural contexts. The article argues that the influence of Islamic artistic expression as an aesthetic symbol in architecture and on cultural identity in a complex multicultural setting can not only assist the natural human process of connecting, but also entice people to connect with cultures creating art of broader context and changing geopolitical alignment.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalThe International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2021

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