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Old 09-08-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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My mom was telling me about the moors a couple of days ago..and i wanted to ask..

For how long did the north african moors conquered Spain?
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:33 PM
 
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My mom was telling me about the moors a couple of days ago..and i wanted to ask..

For how long did the north african moors conquered Spain?
The Moors occupied parts of Spain for nearly 800 years, starting in the year 711 when the Berbers invaded from North Africa. Spain, under the rule of Ferdinand and Isabella, finally forced the remaining Moors to leave Spain in 1492. During their occupation, the Moors emphasized and developed a highly educated society. A good book on the subject is "The Ornament of the World" by Maria Rosa Menocal. I hope this helps!
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:59 PM
 
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Oh, here I thought this was a geography question about England.
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:00 PM
 
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The Spanish fight against the Moors (Moros in Spanish) was a very bitter one, mainly because the Roman Catholic church was determined to "ethnically cleanse" Muslim religion and influence from the Iberian peninsula. Many of the incredible grand mosques in Southern Spain were converted to Catholic cathedrals. Many muslims that have immigrated to Spain in recent decades now want their mosques back, and I have even read about radical islamic groups in Spain that want to re-establish Spain as a muslim nation!

Just south of Brownsville, Texas is the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas (Mexico). Matamoros is a city named in honor of the "Moor Killers", so that gives you a rough idea of how the leaders of Spain felt about the Moors a few centuries ago.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:44 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies guys ! .

I did some research on the moors in spain and i found out they lived mostly in the southern region (cordoba being full muslim during that time), here are some pictures of cordoba...















http://www.goabbeyroad.com/images/WebPhotos_Andalusia/CordobaStreet.jpg (broken link)
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:06 PM
 
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You mean the Moops, right???
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Old 09-09-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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The Spanish fight against the Moors (Moros in Spanish) was a very bitter one, mainly because the Roman Catholic church was determined to "ethnically cleanse" Muslim religion and influence from the Iberian peninsula. Many of the incredible grand mosques in Southern Spain were converted to Catholic cathedrals. Many muslims that have immigrated to Spain in recent decades now want their mosques back, and I have even read about radical islamic groups in Spain that want to re-establish Spain as a muslim nation!

Just south of Brownsville, Texas is the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas (Mexico). Matamoros is a city named in honor of the "Moor Killers", so that gives you a rough idea of how the leaders of Spain felt about the Moors a few centuries ago.
Such a tragedy.

Do you think the leaders of spain had any moorish blood in them?
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:09 PM
 
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The Spanish fight against the Moors (Moros in Spanish) was a very bitter one, mainly because the Roman Catholic church was determined to "ethnically cleanse" Muslim religion and influence from the Iberian peninsula. Many of the incredible grand mosques in Southern Spain were converted to Catholic cathedrals. Many muslims that have immigrated to Spain in recent decades now want their mosques back, and I have even read about radical islamic groups in Spain that want to re-establish Spain as a muslim nation!

Well it might be that the Spanish themselves, regardless of the Church, wanted to rid Spain of an alien culture, alien religion and alien overlords. Invaders.

And if people choose to have a Catholic culture, if Catholocism lights some fire in their breasts then good for them.

Something tells me the Spaniards aren't gonna put up with too much crap from modern Moslems.
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:39 AM
 
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How Spain finally expelled the Moors is a very interesting fact also..
Reconquista - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:47 AM
 
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According to Spanish scholar Joseph Perez and author of "The Spanish Inquisition" at least 38,000 Muslims, Jews and minorities were put to death during the Inquisition, often in a most hideous manner. That is probably a very conservative figure. The church-appointed chief Inquisitor, Torquemada, did his work thoroughly and effectively. Interestingly, his grandmother had been a Jew, but as author James Reston jr, points out, it only seemed "to drive his passion against Jews and Christians of Jewish heritage into a determined and permanent rage."

The long-term impact on Spainish society was profound. Like the religious-driven persecution and expulsion of the Huguenots from France. thousands of the intelligentsia fled and few men of letters and science were to be found. Economic development slowed, books were banned or censored and few activities escaped the watchful eye of the inquisitors.

The Inquisition set Spain back hundreds of years, and as late as 1876 Manuel de la Revilla wrote, "It is intolerance, even more than despotism, that has ruined the culture of our land." Indeed, the repercussions of the Inquisition have lasted almost to the present day. In Antony Beevor's excellent book on the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, he reported that many Spanish tenant farmers were so reduced by poverty they had never even tasted meat!

A book that I would like to recommend that gives a comprehensive overview of this period is James Reston, jr's, "Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition and the Defeat of the Moors." By the way, Reston is also the author of "Warriors of God," an excellent chronicle of the Crusades.
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