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Rodrigo Garcia-Velasco

Rodrigo Garcia-Velasco

PhD Candidate at Woolf Institute and History Faculty, University of Cambridge

Rodrigo Garcia-Velasco is available for consultancy.

St John's College
Cambridge CB2 1TP
Office Phone: +447776201425


Rodrigo's project, which is supervised by Prof. David Abulafia, and co-supervised by Dr Esther-Miriam Wagnerexplores the treatment of Jews and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, during the period of Christian expansion over the previously Muslim-dominated territories of al-Andalus. Rodrigo is examining a series of franchise charters, legal constitutions and other contemporary legal texts which attempted to articulate the local administrative, social and political structures of the incipient Christian kingdoms. In these sources, the role of ethno-religious groups in local society was widely discussed. While previous works have focused on specific regions, Rodrigo studies the treatment of non-Christians from a comparative standpoint, testing the similarities and differences which appear in the texts ranging from Portugal to Castile or Catalonia. 


Rodrigo holds a BA (Hons) in History and a MSt in Medieval History by the University of Oxford (2009-2013), and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies by the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2013-2014).

Research Interests

The Christian and Islamic medieval Mediterranean, frontiers, global history, interfaith studies, Jewish-Muslim-Christian contact, migration history


European History, c.950-c.1450, Paper 14 (old Papers 14 and 15); HAP

Key Publications

García-Velasco, R.I., ‘ “ʿAlā fūr Tuṭīla”: Jews and Muslims in the Administrative Culture of Post–Conquest Tudela, c. 1118–1220’, Al–Masāq 29 (2017), pp. 235–257.