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Defining Boundaries in al-Andalus: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Iberia

Janina M. Safran


Al-Andalus, the Arabic name for the medieval Islamic state in Iberia, endured for over 750 years following the Arab and Berber conquest of Hispania in 711. While the popular perception of al-Andalus is that of a land of religious tolerance and cultural cooperation, the fact is that we know relatively little about how Muslims governed Christians and Jews in al-Andalus and about social relations among Muslims, Christians, and Jews. This book takes a close look at the structure and practice of Muslim political and legal-religious authority and offers a rare look at intercommunal life in Iberia du ... More

Keywords: Al-Andalus, Iberia, Muslims, social relations, transculturation, intermarriage, religious conversion, Umayyad dynasty, Islamic law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451836
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janina M. Safran, author
Associate Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University