By Matthew Carr
Blood and religion is a riveting chronicle of the expulsion of Muslims from Spain within the early seventeenth century. In April 1609, King Philip III of Spain signed an edict denouncing the Muslim population of Spain as heretics, traitors, and apostates. Later that yr, the whole Muslim inhabitants of Spain used to be given 3 days to go away Spanish territory, on risk of death.In the brutal and anxious exodus that undefined, complete households and groups have been obliged to desert houses and villages the place that they had lived for generations, leaving their estate within the fingers in their Christian buddies. by means of 1613, an anticipated 300,000 Muslims were faraway from Spanish territory.
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4 This image of Christians as uncultured and unwashed primitives was often accompanied by religious hostility that was no less visceral than its Christian counterpart. Though Muslims accepted some aspects of Christian doctrine, they rejected what they regarded as blasphemous precepts, such as the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, and the virginity of Mary, and Muslim religious scholars sometimes wrote their own anti-Christian polemics that derided the “errors” and inconsistencies of the scriptures.
The remaining Christian communities, a subordinate minority in the midst of a dominant Arab/Islamic culture, became known as mozarabes or “Arabized” Catholics. Like all minorities, the Mozarabs faced the risk of the long-term erosion of their distinctive religious and cultural features through continuous contact with the culture of a dominant majority. Though some Muslim rulers included Christians in their courts, social mobility and high office were generally reserved for Muslims and Arabic speakers—a tendency that undoubtedly increased the temptation to convert to Islam.
The absence of assistance from North Africa sealed the emirate’s fate. One by one its towns and cities fell before the Christian advance, until at last Ferdinand and Isabella’s armies stood at the gates of the fabled Nasrid capital of Granada itself. By the summer of 1491, the city celebrated by Christian and Muslim poets alike was in desperate straits. From the Alhambra, Boabdil and his courtiers could see the tents, flags, and banners of the Christian armies camped out on the vega a few miles away.