Muslim Spain

Frank Peters

in Islamic Studies

ISBN: 9780195390155
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Muslim Spain

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Muslims entered the Iberian peninsula in 711 AD and lived there as rulers and subjects until 1510 when they were banned by the decrees of Spain's Christian rulers. The name “al-Andalus,” which is what the Muslims called Spain, summoned up the image of a brilliant political achievement and a refined literary and material culture. It also evoked the notion of convivencia, or the “living together” of different religious communities that is thought to have characterized social and political life in medieval al-Andalus. The strength and extent of convivencia and its reality in Muslim Spain continues to be examined and debated today.

Article.  8254 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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