Bernard Lewis

in Cultures in Conflict

Published in print April 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102833
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854509 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the history of the Spanish monarchy's capture of Granada, the last Muslim stronghold in the Spanish peninsula, and the expulsion of the Jews from the region. The Muslims and the Jews were considered the enemies of the Christian Church. There were even stories which presented Muhammad himself as a renegade cardinal who, out of pique at having been passed over in a papal election, went off to Arabia and started a rival religion. Catholics' criticisms against the Protestants sometimes present Islam as an early Reformation and allude pointedly to such common features as hatred of images, rejection of the Trinity and of Mariolatry, and on the alleged collusion between the sultan and the Protestant princes.

Keywords: Spain; Granada; Muslim; Jews; Christian Church; Muhammad; Protestants

Chapter.  6965 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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