Muslim Spain and Portugal: a political history of al-Andalus

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Longman, 1996 - History - 342 pages
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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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One of the most enjoyable history books I've read in a while. It's a narrative of the entire political and military history of al-Andalus, the greatly overlooked 800-year period of history when the ... Read full review

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I greatly enjoyed this book. Its analysis figured prominently in my master's thesis. Read full review


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Hugh Kennedy is Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of St Andrews.

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