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ANDALUSI SOCIETY

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Andalusi Society

Islam was at one and the same time the great enemy and the great source of higher material and intellectual culture.
 Montgomery Watt, Influence of Islam on Medieval Europe 
   
 Key Figures
 Major Battles
 The Cities
 Women of Al-Andalus
 The Rulers
 

In 711, the Islamic Empire enters Spain, a land already rich in Christian Roman, Visigothic and Jewish cultures. By 732, the Islamic Empire unites most of the peninsula, calling it Al-Andalus.

Jews and Christians worship freely without fear of persecution. Yet, in the following decades, Al-Andalus is an often turbulent melting pot of cultures and allegiances: Amazighs (Berbers), Arab and native Muslims, Christians, and Jews.

During this time, Al-Andalus also witnesses the emergence of major figures, the birth of vital cities, the rise and demise of ruling dynasties, decisive battles, and an important role for women. All these contribute to a culturally rich, diverse, and thriving civilization.


Video Clips


Decisive battle between Tariq ibn Ziyad and King Roderic


Alfonso X, the Learned King

Fiction 

The Sword:
A Short Story

Travel back in time to the far-off land of Al-Andalus, with a vivid and colorful fictional tale about El Cid's famed sword, Tizona.

   
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