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Muslim Spain Reconsidered

From 711 to 1502

Richard Hitchcock

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Introduces a unique and successful society, and its powerful legacy in forming modern Spain

What made Muslim Spain a unique and successful society? By adopting a multidisciplinary approach within a chronological framework, Richard Hitchcock explores the nature of Muslim Spain's powerful legacy in the formation of modern Spain, whilst constantly keeping in view the shifting social patterns caused by the changing balance between town and country, constant military activity and concerns about their environment.

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1. Background: Invasion and Settlement
2. Establishment of a quid pro quo in al-Andalus
3. Chaos in the Ninth Century
4. The Umayyad Caliphate of Córdoba
5. The Influence of Islam in Christian Territories of Iberia
6. Islamic Culture in the Heyday of al-Andalus
7. The Collapse of the Islamic State and the Emergence of the Taifas
8. The Change of Power in the Iberian Peninsula in the Eleventh Century
9. Revitalisation: the Murabitun and the Muwahhidun
10. A Case Study: Toledo from the Eleventh to the Fourteenth Centuries
11. The Nasrids of Granada

About the Author

Richard Hitchcock is a emeritus professor at the University of Exeter. He is author or editor of several books including The Kharjas (Boydell & Brewer), Studies on the Muwassah and the Kharja (Ithaca Press), Mozarebs in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (Ashgate) and The Arab Influence in Medieval Europe (Ithaca Press).


‘Both students and scholars of Andalusi history will find this work refreshing, instructive, and valuable in several respects. Hitchcock directs the reader to tensions between city and village and between center and frontier as central themes in the early history of al-Andalus; he assesses the impact of natural disasters such as droughts and earthquakes on socioeconomic and political history and inclines toward understanding people’s movement and behaviors through the lens of political and economic motivation as opposed to religious considerations.’

- Ross Brann, Speculum 89/4 (October 2014)

- Ross Brann, Cornell University, Speculum 89/4

‘a helpful and very much needed resource for students studying the history of medieval Spain. This is especially true at a time when medieval Spain is looked at in order to find paradigms for interreligious relations. Hitchcock offers a helpful corrective where such aspirations could be overstated and helpful analysis of contexts where such possibilities may indeed be found. With this in mind, Muslims Spain Reconsidered should be among the small number of texts read by those wanting to learn more about medieval Spain.’

- Charles L. Tieszen, Fuller Theological Seminary, Sacramento, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations

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