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Visions of DeliveranceMoriscos and the Politics of Prophecy in the Early Modern Mediterranean$
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Mayte Green-Mercado

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501741463

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501741463.001.0001

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Visions of Deliverance

Mayte Green-Mercado

Cornell University Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the analysis of the efflorescence of apocalyptic beliefs and practices among Moriscos. The last Spanish Muslims to be forcibly converted to Catholicism in sixteenth-century Spain, Moriscos and their descendants were also referred to as New Christians. The chapter describes how Moriscos were not impervious to the apocalyptic excitement of their Old Christian counterparts, such as reading the same prophecies of St. Isidore of Seville and John of Rupescissa. It also explains how Morisco political culture and practice were transformed, amd it highlights events in which Moriscos met such powerful Mediterranean actors like the Ottomans, the French monarch Henry IV, and the Saʿdī sultans of Morocco.

Keywords:   Moriscos, Spanish Muslim, Catholicism, New Christians, St. Isidore of Seville, John of Rupescissa, Ottomans, Henry IV, Saʿdī sultan, Spain

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