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

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Routledge, Jun 11, 2014 - History - 358 pages
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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Contents

1 The Conquest and the Age of the Amirs 71156
1
2 The Umayyad Amirate 756852
30
the Slide into Anarchy 852912
63
4 The Golden Age of the Umayyad Caliphate 91276
82
5 The Amirids and the Collapse of the Caliphate of Cordoba
109
6 The Taifa Kingdoms
130
7 The Empire of the Almoravids
154
8 The Second Taifas
189
10 The Later Almohad Caliphate
237
11 The Nasrids of Granada
273
Farewell to alAndalus
305
Governors of alAndalus and Taifa Kings
309
Family Trees of the Ruling Dynasties of alAndalus
312
Bibliography
316
Maps
325
Index
329

9 The Early Almohad Caliphate
196

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