By L. P. Harvey

On December 18, 1499, the Muslims in Granada revolted opposed to the Christian urban government's makes an attempt to suppress their rights to reside and worship as fans of Islam. even though the Granada rebellion used to be an area phenomenon that was once quickly contained, next common uprising supplied the Christian govt with an excuse—or justification, as its leaders observed things—to embark at the systematic removing of the Islamic presence from Spain, in addition to from the Iberian Peninsula as a complete, over the subsequent hundred years.

Picking up on the finish of his past vintage learn, Islamic Spain, 1250 to 1500— which defined the brave efforts of the fans of Islam to maintain their secular, in addition to sacred, tradition in past due medieval Spain—L. P. Harvey chronicles right here the struggles of the Moriscos. those pressured converts to Christianity lived clandestinely within the 16th century as Muslims, speaking in aljamiado— Spanish written in Arabic characters. extra largely, Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614, tells the tale of an early sleek country suffering to accommodate range and multiculturalism whereas torn through the fanaticism of the Counter-Reformation on one aspect and the specter of Ottoman growth at the different. Harvey recounts how a century of tolerance degenerated right into a vicious cycle of repression and uprising until eventually the ultimate expulsion in 1614 of all Muslims from the Iberian Peninsula.

Retold in all its complexity and poignancy, this story of non secular intolerance, political maneuvering, and ethnic detoxing resonates with many glossy issues. Eagerly awaited by way of Islamist and Hispanist students considering the fact that Harvey's first quantity seemed in 1990, Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614, may be obligatory interpreting for pupil and professional alike.

“The year’s so much worthwhile ancient paintings is L. P. Harvey’s Muslims in Spain 1500 to 1614, a sobering account of a number of the ways that a venerable Islamic tradition fell sufferer to Christian bigotry. Harvey by no means urges the topicality of his topic on us, yet this point necessarily sharpens an already compelling book.”—Jonathan Keats, Times Literary Supplement

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