Islam in Spain: A Fragmented History, a Fragmented Identity

Islam in Spain: A Fragmented History, a Fragmented Identity

By Alicia Rodriguez Mejuto Islam is presented to the Europeans as something alien and threatening, but in fact, they share a history of 1300 years. Spain, in particular, has a special bond with the Muslim world: Al-Andalus (1) was the result of the first contact of Islam with the West. However, since the fallen of Granada a successful propaganda apparatus has been veiling and distorting the historical events creating, thus, a vulnerable and fragmented collective identity unable to incorporate and articulate part of the past of a whole people, and…

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The Greatest Master of Europe

The Greatest Master of Europe

Andalusia Lessons II I was about to finish A history of Islamic Spain by M. Watt and P. Cachia published by Küre Pub. When I read the article “The Sound of the Call for Prayer in Cordoba after centuries” in the website dunyabulteni.net on Wednesday October 26. The article giving good news reads: “From now on, Muslims can recite the call for prayer out loud and practice their prayers just next to the Great Mosque of Córdoba which had been built delicately throughout 205 years by Caliphs of Andalusia and…

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Andalusia Lessons

Andalusia Lessons

In his dream on his way to Spain, the great commander Tariq ibn Ziyad sees the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) and a group of companions of the Prophet from Ansar and Muhajereen all girded on, and the Prophet encourages him “Oh Tariq, continue your march!” His intention of conquering Spain unites with the courage and perseverance and he contributes to the opening of the doors of a great civilization with his conquers (711) which will change the color and history of not only the Muslims but also the…

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