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Defining Boundaries in al-AndalusMuslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Iberia$
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Janina M. Safran

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451836

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451836.001.0001

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Society in Transition

Society in Transition

(p.81) Chapter 2 Society in Transition
Defining Boundaries in al-Andalus

Janina M. Safran

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at the social and cultural transformation of al-Andalus, and considers what the Arabic–Islamic legal texts and the Latin martyrologies reveal about cultural change, interfaith marriage, and conversion. It presents an overview of the physical integration of communities, as well as descriptions of settlement patterns, in situating the dynamics of intercommunal relations in an evolving and transformative social space. The determination of the fuqaha'—Islamic jurists—to protect Islam from corruption generally made them suspicious of close contact with non-Muslims, along with the demographic, cultural, and social developments that facilitated increased communication, interaction, and personal interdependence during the ninth and early tenth centuries.

Keywords:   al-Andalus, Arabic–Islamic legal texts, Latin martyrologies, fuqaha', Islamic jurists, non-Muslims

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