The Story of the Moors After Spain by Stanley Lane-Poole

The Story of the Moors After Spain by Stanley Lane-Poole

First published in 1886, this book has held its place as the classic work on the Moors in Spain: a scholarly, wonderfully readable and sweeping tale of splendor and tragedy.

“When the united wisdom of Ferdinand and Isabella resolved on the expatriation of the Spanish Moors, they forgot the risk of an exile’s vengeance. No sooner was Granada fallen than thousands of desperate Moors left the land which for seven hundred years had been their home, and, disdaining to live under a Spanish yoke, crossed the strait to Africa, where they established themselves at various strong points, such as Shershel, Oran, and notably at Algiers, which till then had hardly been heard of.”

 

The word Moor is conveniently used to signify Arabs and other Mohammedans in Spain, but properly it should only be applied to Berbers of North Africa and Spain. In this volume the term is used in its common acceptation, unless the Arabs specially distinguished from the Berbers. Pg. 13

"To the south the newly founded empire of the Fatimite Khalifs in North African was a standing menace. It was natural that the rulers of the Barbary coast should remember that the Arabs before them had used Africa as a stepping stone to Spain." Pg. 115

From the Introduction by John G. Jackson, " In ancient times, Africans in general were called Ethiopians. In medieval times, Africans were called Moors; In modern times, some Africans were called Negroes... The word Moor literally means Black, so the Moors were the Black people."

 

The Story of the Moors in Spain By Stanley Lane-Poole, Arthur Gilman

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