Today in European history: the “Reconquista” ends (1492)

January 2, 1492 was the official end-date of the cleverly-named Reconquista, as it is the date upon which the last Muslim hold-out in Iberia, the city of Granada, was formally surrendered to Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. While this obviously is a date of significant historical import, it's also a little anti-climactic. All … Continue reading Today in European history: the “Reconquista” ends (1492)

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Today in European history: the Treaty of Granada (1491)

The final curtain on the Muslim presence on the Iberian Peninsula came down on January 2, 1492, when the last Muslim ruler of Granada, the Nasirid Sultan Abu Abdullah Muhammad XII ("Boabdil" to the Spaniards, for whom "Abu Abdullah" was apparently too hard to pronounce), went into exile in Morocco. But the departure was a … Continue reading Today in European history: the Treaty of Granada (1491)

Today in North African history: the Green March begins (1975)

When I think of the Spanish Empire, I think of the vast swathes of the Americas that were Spanish colonies until the independence movement of the early 19th century. But it survived beyond that, albeit substantially reduced in size. A few other places (Cuba, the Philippines) lingered under Spanish control, but were gradually peeled away … Continue reading Today in North African history: the Green March begins (1975)

Islamic History, part 24: the Islamic West through the early 10th century

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