Historiography and Geography

Authored by: Víctor de Castro León

The Routledge Handbook Of Muslim Iberia

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138649149
eBook ISBN: 9781315625959
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The conception of al-Andalus offered by the historical and geographical works written by Andalusi authors, as well as the differences that can be noticed between the different historiographical periods (emirate-caliphate-taifas, Almoravid-Almohad period and Nasrid period) is the aim of the present study. Through it we will see how in Andalusi historiography – which began late, almost two centuries after the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula – coexist two different but not necessarily opposed historiographical models. On the one hand, there is the model in which the history of Hispania/al-Andalus is the focus, a model first established by Aḥmad and ‘Īsā al-Rāzī in the 4th/10th century that continued in the 5th/11th century with Ibn Ḥayyān and lasted until at least the 11th/17th century with the Tremecian al-Maqqarī. On the other hand, and often in parallel, there is the model in which the Islamic universal history was the focus, with al-Andalus part of it.

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