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DOWNLOAD ´ Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain â In this first comprehensive appreciation in many decades of the Muslim expulsion from Spain Blood and Faith meticulously recaptures the fateful self mutilation of a society that might have become Europe's first multicultural nation and offers a grim lesson about religiTraitors and apostates Later that year the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory on threat of death In the brutal and traumatic exodus that followed entire families and communities were obliged to abandon homes and villages where they had lived for generations leaving their property in the hands of their Christian neighbors In Aragon and Catalonia Muslims were escorted by government commissioners who forced them to pay whenever they drank water from a river or took refuge in the shade For five years the expulsion continued to grind on until an estimated 300000. This book was great It has both the military and political history leading up to the expulsion of the Moriscos and the underlying cultural history that others may be inclined to The epilogue is also uite illuminating where it compares today's European Muslims to the Moriscos of the 17th century Just the right amount of pages to not make it too short but not so long that it makes me lose hope of finishing it Besides a few typos the siege of Vienna was in 1683 and not 1783 I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to be introduced to the history of Islamic Spain

Blood and Faith The Purging of Muslim SpainTraitors and apostates Later that year the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory on threat of death In the brutal and traumatic exodus that followed entire families and communities were obliged to abandon homes and villages where they had lived for generations leaving their property in the hands of their Christian neighbors In Aragon and Catalonia Muslims were escorted by government commissioners who forced them to pay whenever they drank water from a river or took refuge in the shade For five years the expulsion continued to grind on until an estimated 300000. This book was great It has both the military and political history leading up to the expulsion of the Moriscos and the underlying cultural history that others may be inclined to The epilogue is also uite illuminating where it compares today's European Muslims to the Moriscos of the 17th century Just the right amount of pages to not make it too short but not so long that it makes me lose hope of finishing it Besides a few typos the siege of Vienna was in 1683 and not 1783 I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to be introduced to the history of Islamic Spain

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Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain · In this first comprehensive appreciation in many decades of the Muslim expulsion from Spain Blood and Faith meticulously recaptures the fateful self mutilation of a society that might have become Europe's first multicultural nation and offers a grim lesson about religious and racial repression in our contemporary age of contested faiths David Levering Lewis author of God's Crucible Islam and the Making of Europe 570 1215 Seldom does a centuries old story have such remarkable contemporary resonance In April 1609 King Philip III of Spain signed an edict denouncing the Muslim inhabitants of Spain as heretics. Astonishing book Expecting to learn about a remote historical event I ended up finding in the fate of the Spanish Moriscos a story that is obviously relevant to our own time Over the course of the Reconuista of Spain the Jewish population of the country was expelled thus creating a Sephardic Jewish diaspora that continues to exist today By the time the last stronghold of al Andalus — the city of Granada — was conuered in 1492 the Spanish Crown had also taken control of a far larger population of Muslims These Moors were the descendants of people who had arrived with the 8th century Arab conuests as well as locals who had converted to Islam over the centuries This huge population were ultimately Spaniards though of a different religion than the Catholic conuistadorsThe presence of this non Christian population raised a dilemma On one hand their continued presence seemed necessary for economic purposes They were also essentially Spaniard in most respects having lived in the peninsula for centuries and mostly lacking connections to the outside world The Spanish Crown initially decided to forcibly baptize these Moors thus creating a new population known as Moriscos But despite being converted to Christianity the Moriscos were not given eual rights as their new coreligionists Subject to crushing taxation they were treated as a despised class Resentful of being forcibly converted to a new religion on starkly uneual terms no less the Moriscos chafed at the oppression of their new rulers though over time many did become sincere Christians They were subject to the Inuisition which surveilled them in the most intimate ways For longer than a century the Moriscos suffered under what was then the world's most sophisticated bureaucratic police state Efforts were made to ban their native language Arabic even though many had yet to learn Castillan The almalafa veil was gradually banned and Morisco homes funerals and weddings were surveilled in a paranoid effort to ensure that Islamic rites were not still secretly being practiced Ever extreme measures aimed at both assimilating and exploiting the Moriscos ultimately led to doomed armed responses At least two major rebellions were crushed by the Crown forcing the Moriscos into deeper and deeper declineIn 1609 the Spanish Crown ultimately decided the Moriscos were unassimilable by blood and deported them to North Africa Thus ended nearly 900 years of their presence in the Iberian Peninsula Reading this story I could not help but see some parallels with the present A fanatic discomfort with difference in society continues to manifest in Europe and beyond The Inuisitors obsession with the Muslim veil and the desire to pry open domestic space to ensure immediate coercive assimilation rather than assimilation gradually over time is familiar Even the belief that the Moriscos had secret links to North African pirates and thus posed a security threat is reminiscent of modern fifth columnist rhetoric about transnational terrorism Today Muslims are generally being made to assimilate to liberalism which is undoubtedly much flexible and egalitarian than 16th century Spanish Catholicism Still the demand to assimilate under threat rather than with the natural flow of time can lead to oppressive and even violent outcomes And for those of less liberal inclination such assimilation is impossible anyways In some uarters the demand for expulsion or worse can be heard not so subtly expressed todayMuslim al Andalus was never a pristine arcadia o REVIEW Ô NATURAL-TREATMENT.CO.UK Ï Matthew Carr

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Matthew Carr Ï 1 DOWNLOAD Muslims had been removed from Spanish territory nearly 5 percent of the total population By 1614 Spain had successfully implemented what was then the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history and Muslim Spain had effectively ceased to exist Blood and Faith is celebrated journalist Matthew Carr's riveting chronicle of this virtually unknown episode set against the vivid historical backdrop of Muslim Spain Here is a remarkable window onto a little known period in modern Europe a rich and complex tale of competing faiths and beliefs of cultural oppression and of resistance against overwhelming odds. An Extract from the book is enough to explain the tone of the bookPoignant and often tragic scenes unfolded as the Moriscos were brought to the waiting ships One old man arrived in Valencia declaring his wish to be buried on Muslim soil but dropped dead while boarding his ship Other Moriscos died of hunger and exhaustion before leaving the shore Some parents became separated from their children in the confusion; others left their children behind with local Christians In the Valencian artist Pere Oromig’s painting Departure of the Moriscos from the Port of Valencia a Morisco father can be seen kneeling to say goodbye to his young daughter who is standing with a Christian familyThere were many such farewells as the exodus continued Even as the Moriscos were boarding their ships priests monks and zealous Christians pleaded with them to leave their children behind so that they could be brought up as Catholics Doña Isabel de Velasco personally persuaded many parents to leave their children behind – or had them kidnapped – for their spiritual salvation Some Moriscos gave in to these opportunities because they felt unable to care for their children but others defiantly refused such as the Morisca who gave birth on the docks and then “embarked with the infant in her arms on a harsh windy and very cold day” according to a report by the Valencia Inuisition and ignored the Christians who begged her to leave her baby with them