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Muslims in Spain: 1500-1614

In Book Review, Spain on September 21, 2005 at 10:17 pm

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I finished reading L.P. Harvey’s book, Muslims in Spain: 1500-1614, a book which addresses in depth the survival of Muslims in Spain after the Peninsula was completely in the hands of Christian rulers. This is a story with a surprising amount of nuance. Once the conquest of Granada was complete in 1492, the story of Arab/Islamic/Mudejar Spain did not abruptly end. For instance, until 1614 there were, primarily around Valencia, communities of Arabic-speakers in Spain. (Mudejar: Islamic subject of a Christian ruler; Morisco: convert to Christianity from Islam.)

Before I go any further, I should probably say this is not going to be a standard review, careful and adhering to a standard format. Professional reviewers will certainly prove better at that sort of thing. Personally, I’ve never enjoyed writing reviews. They pay shit and take forever. What I’ll do instead is just discuss some of the feelings, thoughts and questions that arose while reading the book.

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