attwiw is on hiatus until next week They say the three rules of real estate are “location, location, location,” and I suppose that’s as true when you’re looking for a city to conquer as it is when you’re looking to buy a house. Algeciras was in an incredibly important location that made it a hub … Continue reading Today in European history: the (third) Siege of Algeciras ends (1344)
On or around this date in 711 Berber and Visigothic armies met in the Battle of Guadalete, one of the decisive engagements in the Islamic conquest of Iberia and establishment of al-Andalus.
Islamic History Series OK, I know last time I said we'd be getting onto Islamic theology with this one, but that's coming next time. Instead, let's talk about what's going on in North Africa and Spain in the period through 909 (in Africa) and 912 (in Spain), because if we don't do it now we'll … Continue reading Islamic History, part 24: the Islamic West through the early 10th century
Islamic History Series In contrast the decline of the Umayyad Dynasty in Syria, a period that I'm sure was as confusing for you to read about as it was for me to write about (imagine living through it), the conquest of Spain is considerably more straightforward, and takes place at a time when the rest … Continue reading Islamic History, Part 18: the conquest of Iberia (711-759)