School of History

HST7327 - Islam in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

A detailed look at the Islamic conquest of the Iberian Peninsula.

Module code: HST7327

Credits: 30

The conquest of the Iberian Peninsula by a Muslim army in 711 led to the establishment of an Islamic political entity that lasted until 1492, an unique event in Western European history.

The presence of Islam as a religious and cultural force lasted beyond the wane of its political influence and was a key factor in the history of early modern Spain up to the end of the seventeenth century.

This module provides an introduction to these complex events through the study Christian and Muslim sources (in translation) and artifacts. You will explore: the rise and fall of Al-Andalus and the Northern Christian states, Reconquest and jihad, religious tolerance and persecution, the morisco problem.