By David Nicolle, Angus McBride

The excessive aspect of medieval Islamic growth used to be the 700-year presence of the 'Moors' in Spain and Portugal. The Arab and Berber conquest was once by way of the institution of a richly unique tradition in Andalusia, the place for it slow Muslim and Christian co-operated as frequently as they fought. the increase and fall of successive Islamic dynasties introduced new invaders, fragmentation and disunity; and the becoming Christian kingdoms to the north finally doomed the amirate of Granada, the final Moorish bastion, which fell to the Castilians in 1492. the vibrant armies of Western Islam are defined and illustrated right here in interesting aspect.

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