The Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain: A Mediterranean Diaspora

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Mercedes García-Arenal, Gerard Albert Wiegers
Brill, 2014 - History - 492 pages
The expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain (1609-1614) represents an important episode of ethnic, political and religious cleansing which affected about 300,000 persons. The controversial measure was legimitized by an ideology of religious and political unity that served to defend the expulsion of them all, crypto-Muslims and sincere converts to Christianity alike. The first part focuses on the decision to expel the Moriscos, its historical context and the role of such institutions as the Vatican and the religious orders, and nations such as France, Italy, the Dutch Republic, Morocco and the Ottoman Empire. The second part studies the aftermath of the expulsion, the forced migrations, settlement and Diaspora of the Moriscos, comparing their vicissitudes with that of the Jewish conversos.
Contributors are Youssef El Alaoui, Rafael Benítez Sánchez Blanco, Luis Fernando Bernabé Pons, Paulo Broggio, Miguel Ángel de Bunes Ibarra, Antonio Feros, Mercedes García-Arenal, Jorge Gil Herrera, Tijana Krstic, Sakina Missoum, Natalia Muchnik, Stefania Pastore, Juan Ignacio Pulido Serrano, James B. Tueller, Olatz Villanueva Zubizarreta, Bernard Vincent, and Gerard Wiegers.

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Mercedes García-Arenal, Ph.D. (1976), Complutense Madrid, is Research Professor at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid. Gerard Wiegers, Ph.D. (1991) Leiden University, is Professor of Religious Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam. Both have published monographs and many articles on the Muslim West, and in particular on Muslim and Jewish minorities. They have collaborated for more than twenty years, and amongst other books they co-authored A Man of Three Worlds. Samuel Pallache. A Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe (Johns Hopkins UP 2003 and translations).

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