|Series||BA thesis Print Media Surface Design 2001|
|Contributions||London College of Printing.|
Islamic Spain was a multi-cultural mix of the people of three great monotheistic religions: Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Although Christians and Jews lived under restrictions, for much of the time the three groups managed to get along together, and to some extent, to benefit from the presence of each other. The Moors kept large parts of Spain under their control for about eight centuries between A.D. and around A.D. This had a lasting impact on Spain. Islamic architecture and literature came to dominate Spanish life, the effects of which are still visible today. Moorish Spain, Culture and Cuisine In , not 90 years after the birth of Islam, black clad Berber tribesman and their Arab allies crossed what are now called the Straits of Gibraltar from North Africa to the Iberian peninsula with their wiry horses, and galloped north, conquering all before them, destroying the decadent Visigothic rulers and laid the foundations for modern day Spain. In May , Tariq ibn Ziyad led an army of around 7, Syrians, Yemenis, and Berbers north from Morocco. The Islamic invasion of Spain had begun. He landed his forces at : Dominic Selwood.
The Islamic rule in Spain lasted for years ( ). During this time, the parts conquered by the Moors was referred to as Al Andalus The Moors of the Andalusian era consisted of the Arabs from the middle east (Syria), the Amazigh people of North Africa and the indigenous Iberian tribes who converted to Islam during that era. Moorish History goes all the way back to the Roman Empire, but for now we will only focus on the “Moors Of Spain”. The Moors from Northern Africa led by “Lord Tariq(Ṭāriq ibn Ziyād)” along with aro Berbers/Arabs/North Africans went into Spain around went through “The Strait Of Gibraltar” and defeated the Visigoths at the battle of Guadalupe. 1. The Spanish occupation by the Moors began in AD when an African army, under their leader Tariq ibn-Ziyad, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from northern Africa and invaded the Iberian peninsula ‘Andalus’ (Spain under the Visigoths). 2. A European scholar sympathetic to the Spaniards remembered the conquest in this way: a. From to al-Andalus was the occidental frontier of Islam. Floating on the western edge of the Mediterranean, cut off from the European continent by jagged mountains, it was geographically isolated from both North Africa and Europe, from Islamic as well as Christian lands.5/5(4).
Cultural Fusion: Moorish Influence in Spain One of my professors at UPO describes Spain as an encrucijada, a crossroads where cultural influences from the Mediterranean, Africa, and Europe collide. To me, one of the most interesting influences is that of the Islamic Conquest () of what is today Spain. The name Moors – or Arabs – refers to populations of Black Africans from Northern Africa who invaded Spain and the entire Iberian Peninsula from to around The Moors were Muslim and they brought their religion, language and Islamic architecture with them to Spain. Because the Moors inhabited Spain for years. Essay. On J , an army of Arabs and Berbers unified under the aegis of the Islamic Umayyad caliphate landed on the Iberian Peninsula. Over the next seven years, through diplomacy and warfare, they brought the entire peninsula except for Galicia and Asturias in the far north under Islamic control; however, frontiers with the Christian north were constantly in flux. Source: BBC Islamic Spain was a multi-cultural mix of Muslims, Christians and Jews. It brought a degree of civilisation to Europe that matched the heights of the Roman Empire and the Italian Renaissance. Introduction Islamic Spain () The Court of the Lions, Alhambra, Spain Islamic Spain was a multi-cultural mix of the people of three.