T5080 – Arab and Jewish Influence in Spain and Morocco

Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia, Toledo, Madrid, Morocco: Ouarzazate, Merzouga,
Faculty: Sam Ogdie and Paul Rohde
01/04/2019 – 01/28/2019
(Augustana students leave for Minneapolis on 1/3/19)

Spain has been a melting pot of people and cultures throughout its history, but no two groups have influenced Spain more than the Arabs and the Jews.

Academic Overview
The first evidence of Jewish settlements in Spain started in the third century.  They had control over the Mediterranean trade on the eastern and southern coasts of Spain.  They also were the bankers and businessmen who dominated the early Spanish economy.  The Arabs arrived in 711 and pushed north from North Africa and were a dominant force until their final defeat at Granada in 1492.  These Muslims, later called Moors, opened Spain to Eastern civilization and even introduced Greek philosophy to the Iberian Peninsula.  Córdoba & Toledo were considered the new Athens of Europe.  We will focus our studies on five cities that most reflect the Arab and Jewish influence.  They include Valencia, Toledo, Córdoba, Granada, Jaen, Cuenca, Segovia and Seville.  Before exploring Spain, we will follow the steps of the Arab invasion through Morocco to the shores of Algeciras, Spain.  Madrid will be our ending point for this course, which will give time to explore this beautiful capital.  Every aspect of Spain that was affected by the Jews and Arabs will be explored, which includes the language, art, literature, music, dance, food, customs, holidays, architecture and religion.   We must include the study of the Spanish Inquisition in order to fully appreciate the Jewish and Arab cultures in Spain.  This course will give the student a better understanding of the elements that shape present day religious and world conflicts.

Program Fee
Program fee includes:  Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast daily, two lunches and eight dinners (subject to change).

No pre-requisites required except it is advisable to have two semesters of Spanish to be used as a Spanish elective.

Required Readings
Main Texts:
The Story of the Moors in Spain: (Stanley Lane-Poole, B.A., M.R.A.S.)
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (Menocal & Bloom)
And Grace Will Lead Me Home; A Guide for Pilgrim Journals (Paul H. W. Rohde) – ISBN 13:978-1-61097-742-5
Spanish Islam, A History of the Muslims in Spain (Reinhart Dozy – ISBN 81-87570-25-3)
God’s Crucible, Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215, David Levering Lewis – ISBN 978-0-393-06472-8  
Moorish Spain (Richard Fletcher – ISBN 0-520-24840-6)
Dogs of God, Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors, (James Reston, Jr. – ISBN 10: 1-4000-3191-5)
The Jews of Spain, History of the Sephardic Experience (James S. Gerber – ISBN 0-02-911574-4)
Muslims in Spain, 1500-1614 (L.P. Harvey – ISBN 0-226-31963-6)
Spanish Inquisition – The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain (B. Netanyahu)
Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada (Washington Irving)
A Vanished World, Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain (Chris Lowney – ISBN 13-978-0-19-531191-4))
Supplemental Reading Packet (distributed at the UMAIE Orientation).

30% – Group Participation and Attendance
20% – Focused Reflective Journal
15% – Class Presentation
15% – Reflective Paper
20% – Final Exam & Quizzes

Faculty Directors
Sam Ogdie, Augustana University (605) 274.5482, email: ogdie@augie.edu

Description of Faculty Directors

Sam Ogdie has over twenty years of experience teaching Spanish at high school and college levels. He holds a Master’s degree in Selected Studies from the University of South Dakota with focus on Hispanic Studies. Prof. Ogdie spent two summers in Santiago, Chile, one summer in the Dominican Republic and one summer at the University of Valencia in Spain studying Hispanic culture and language. He has organized and led nine education summer study trips to Spain, received three National Endowment Study Grants and a teacher’s scholarship from the Embassy of Spain to study Spanish culture and language at the University of Salamanca. In 2002 he received a U.S. Presidential Scholars Teachers Recognition Award in Washington D.C. from the U.S. Department of Education.  Professor Ogdie has taught almost 30 years. This will be his 14th UMAIE study-abroad course.

Paul Rohde is campus pastor at Augustana University and teaches frequently in the religion department.  He holds a BA and MA from South Dakota State University in speech and German, a Master of Divinity at Luther Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. in Spirituality and Story. Paul also trained as an Ignatian spiritual director with the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mankato, MN. He has led student groups in Spain, Germany, Italy, and France. He and Professor Ogdie collaborated in Augustana’s inaugural trip on the Camino de Santiago.

Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact Sam Ogdie
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.


Travel Packet

Travel ePacket (Link)

Click the image at left to access the course Travel Packet. The ePacket contains important information about traveling abroad, including your itinerary, frequently asked questions, participant letter and culturegram.

Preliminary Itinerary will be posted by October 16.
Final Itinerary will be posted by December 7.


The Orientation process includes 3 components:
– an online self-study and quiz on the UMAIE student handbook.
– an online orientation webinar conducted by your faculty director(s)
– an on-site orientation upon arrival.

You are REQUIRED to participate in and complete all 3 steps within the deadlines specified below. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the course.

Student Handbook and Online Quiz

2018 Student Manual (PDF)

We have put together this handbook to provide you with helpful information for planning and spending your time abroad. The handbook is also your primary study guide to pass your online quiz. There are excellent tips in this handbook, and it is organized in a way we hope will be user-friendly and straightforward.

Please carefully read the UMAIE student handbook and complete the quiz on the UMAIE student handbook by October 20, 2018.


quiz_thumbYou can access the online quiz through your online application by logging in to your school’s study abroad website. Complete the 2019 UMAIE Participant Quiz under Assessments on your online application portal.


 Orientation Webinar

The online orientation webinar for this course is on:

Wednesday, October 23, 2018 – 7:00pm-8:30pm

Your participation is required. Please review the sign-in instructions below and make yourself available to participate on this date.

Click the webinar icon below to access the launch and sign-in screen for Zoom.

Instructions (PDF)

Instructions (PDF)

Webinar Link (Zoom)


(Alternate Access to Webinar)

Topic: 5080: Arab and Jewish Influence in Spain and Morocco-Ogdie/Rohde
Time: Oct 23, 2018 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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