The Forced Conversions and the Moriscos

Authored by: Mayte Green-Mercado

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 conquest of the Naṣrid kingdom in Granada in 1492 effectively put an end to centuries of multi-religious presence in the Iberian Peninsula. Jews were expelled that same year, and while the Muslims of the kingdom of Granada were initially afforded the same rights and guarantees as their Muslim brethren in the rest of the peninsula – namely that they would be allowed to continue practicing their religion – within less than 10 years Islam would see its end in the territories of the Crown of Castile. This process saw the conversion of the Muslims of the kingdoms of Castile and Granada, and nearly two decades later those of the Crown of Aragon. This chapter studies the processes of conversions of the Muslims of Iberia, and different reactions of the New Christians, now known as Moriscos, to their forced conversion and assimilation into Catholic society.

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