The Integration of Al-Andalus in Islamic Historiography

The view from the Maghrib and the Mashriq

Authored by: Luis Molina

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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This chapter is an analysis of the vision given by the medieval Maghrebi and Eastern historiography on al-Andalus. For the Maghrebi sources, especially since the rise of the North African empires, al-Andalus was a common space with an independent past of its own but also a space that in the present of the historians was part of the Great Maghreb. The Eastern sources, on their side, only paid attention to the conquest of al-Andalus, almost completely disinterested in later events in the Iberian Peninsula. Only at a later period, with Ibn al-Athīr’s (7th/13th century) Kāmil, did al-Andalus once again have a presence in the Arab chronicles.

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