The Muslims of Aragon and Valencia up to Their Forcible Conversion

in Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780226319636
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226319650 | DOI:
The Muslims of Aragon and Valencia up to Their Forcible Conversion

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The expression “Crown of Aragon” (Corona de Arag´on) may give rise to justifiable confusion. In Spanish historical usage, it refers not just to Aragon proper but to all three contiguous political entities to the east of the Iberian Peninsula that were in the Middle Ages linked under a common monarch. Two of them, Aragon and Valencia, had the status of independent kingdoms, and the third, Catalonia, was a principality. The ruler of all these territories at the opening of the sixteenth century, Ferdinand, is usually thought of simply as the king of Aragon, but he was equally king of Valencia. Equally puzzling to the outsider is the fact that although Saragossa was the capital of Aragon proper, the administration and the royal chancery for this whole eastern political entity were normally centered on Barcelona in the principality of Catalonia. The Muslims of the Aragonese region proper (inhabitants of the valley of the Ebro and of its various tributaries upstream from Tortosa) used dialects similar to those of their Christian neighbors.

Keywords: Aragon; Valencia; Muslims; forcible conversion; dialects; administration

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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