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Muslim Spain and Portugal: A Political History of al-Andalus


Muslim Spain and Portugal: A Political History of al-Andalus

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    Hugh Kennedy(Author)
This is the first study in English of the political history of Muslim Spain and Portugal, based on Arab sources. It provides comprehensive coverage of events across the whole of the region from 711 to the fall of Granada in 1492. Up till now the history of this region has been badly neglected in comparison with studies of other states in medieval Europe. When considered at all, it has been largely written from Christian sources and seen in terms of the Christian Reconquest. Hugh Kennedy raises the profile of this important area, bringing the subject alive with vivid translations from Arab sources. This will be fascinating reading for historians of medieval Europe and for historians of the middle east drawing out the similarities and contrasts with other areas of the Muslim world.

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  • PDF | 358 pages
  • Hugh Kennedy(Author)
  • Routledge; 1 edition (6 Dec. 1996)
  • English
  • 7
  • History
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  • By S. W. Trinder on 23 November 2010

    Alongside the work of Bernard Reilly, Bernard Lewis, Kaegi and others Hugh Kennedy has brought a lifetimes dedication in Academe to bring us the intriguing complexity of Muslim history to us in the form of several books on Islam and the history of the Arab conquests.For years the political history of Al Andalus had lacked a competent historian. My appetite was created by Bernard Reilly in his hugely exciting book on the confrontation of the Christians with Islam from c950 to 1100 in the age of El Cid. This interest was itself nurtured by driving holidays in Spain which took in Cordoba and Granada. So much ink has been expended on the Christian Reconquista but so little on the political history of the Moslems.In his book Professor Kennedy reveals the fragile extent of Moorish, Berber and Islamic power. How just as the Christian kingdoms witnessed upsurges and downturns in energy, the Ummayyad Emirs based in Cordoba extended their power as well as they were able before the coming of the Party Kings when Al Andalus shivered into squabbling states ripe enough for the Christians to harvest.Professor Kennedy is our foremost Islamic scholar and this book is a must for anybody intending to holiday in Andalusia as a background to what can be seen and admired there.

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