A comprehensive survey of Muslim Spain from 711-1502. This introduction to Muslim Spain covers the period from 711 to1502, giving readers a substantial overview of what it was that made it a unique and successful society, and of its powerful legacy in the formation of modern Spain. Using a chronological framework and pushing the main historical developments to the forefront, the author keeps in view the shifting social patterns caused by the changing balance between town and country, major and minor dynasties, foreign groupings and repeated invasions from North Africa. He also includes discussion of topics such as inter-faith relations, multi-ethnic competing groups, and how intellectual life was enriched by pluralism and influence from abroad. ; Covers the period from 711 to1502, giving readers a substantial overview of what it was that made Muslim Spain a unique and successful society, and of its powerful legacy in the formation of modern Spain. ; Introduction; 1. Background: Invasion and Settlement; 2. Establishment of a quid pro quo in al-Andalus; 3. Chaos in the Ninth Century; 4. The Umayyad Caliphate of Córdoba; 5. The Influence of Islam in Christian Territories of Iberia; 6. Islamic Culture in the Heyday of al-Andalus; 7. The Collapse of the Islamic State and the Emergence of the Taifas; 8. The Change of Power in the Iberian Peninsula in the Eleventh Century; 9. Revitalisation: the Murabitun and the Muwahhidun; 10. A Case Study: Toledo from the Eleventh to the Fourteenth Centuries; 11. The Nasrids of Granada; Conclusion; Bibliography.
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‘Both students and scholars of Andalusi history will find this work refreshing, instructive, and valuable in several respects. Hitchcock directs the reader to tensions between city and village and between center and frontier as central themes in the early history of al-Andalus; he assesses the impact of natural disasters such as droughts and earthquakes on socioeconomic and political history and inclines toward understanding people’s movement and behaviors through the lens of political and economic motivation as opposed to religious considerations.’
- Ross Brann, Speculum 89/4 (October 2014)
- Speculum 89/4
Richard Hitchcock is a emeritus professor at the University of Exeter. He is author or editor of several books including The Kharjas (Boydell & Brewer), Studies on the Muwassah and the Kharja (Ithaca Press), Mozarebs in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (Ashgate) and The Arab Influence in Medieval Europe (Ithaca Press).