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Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614

L. P. Harvey

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780226319636
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226319650 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226319650.001.0001
Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614

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On December 18, 1499, the Muslims in Granada revolted against the Christian city government's attempts to suppress their rights to live and worship as followers of Islam. Although the Granada riot was a local phenomenon that was soon contained, subsequent widespread rebellion provided the Christian government with an excuse—or justification, as its leaders saw things—to embark on the systematic elimination of the Islamic presence from Spain, as well as from the Iberian Peninsula as a whole, over the next hundred years. Picking up at the end of his earlier classic study, which described the courageous efforts of the followers of Islam to preserve their secular, as well as sacred, culture in late medieval Spain—the book chronicles here the struggles of the Moriscos. These forced converts to Christianity lived clandestinely in the sixteenth century as Muslims, communicating in aljamiado—Spanish written in Arabic characters. More broadly, this book tells the story of an early modern nation struggling to deal with diversity and multiculturalism while torn by the fanaticism of the Counter-Reformation on one side and the threat of Ottoman expansion on the other. The book recounts how a century of tolerance degenerated into a vicious cycle of repression and rebellion until the final expulsion in 1614 of all Muslims from the Iberian Peninsula. Retold in all its complexity and poignancy, this tale of religious intolerance, political maneuvering, and ethnic cleansing resonates with many modern concerns.

Keywords: Islam; Grenada; Spain; Christianity; Moriscos; aljamiado; multiculturalism; Counter-Reformation; tolerance; rebellion

Book.  462 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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Spain's Muslims under a New Order in Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614

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Crisis and War: Granada, 1567–1571 in Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614

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Expulsion in Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614

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International Relations in Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614

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