Writing the History of Al-Andalus

Spain and the West

Authored by: Alejandro García-Sanjuán

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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Al-Andalus has had a highly difficult reception in Spanish modern culture and scholarship. National Spanish identity was shaped over the 19th century under a strong Catholic influence, thus leaving little room in the history of Spain for Arabic and Islamic al-Andalus. Increasing National Catholic influence during Franco’s dictatorship led ultimately to the idea of Reconquista, according to which Spain is a nation shaped against Islam. More recently, post 9–11 events placed Islam in the spotlight, thus creating a new framework for recovering old biased ideas about the past.

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