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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

AL-ANDALUS

AL-ANALUS, ANDALUSIA TODAY IS THE TURQUOISE AREA INCLUDING:
CORDOBA, JAEN, HUELVA, SEVILLE, GRANADA, ALMERIA, CÁDIZ AND MALAGA 
Map from: barnafarma.es

Al-Andalus, the southern portion of the Iberian Peninsula occupied by those of the Islamic faith from 711 until 1492. During the 8th C they conquered the entire peninsula except Asturias. After that their possessions gradually receded until 1248 when Christians conquered Seville. Then only Granada remained under Muslim rule. Today, "Al-Andalus" symbolically signifies the transmission of Muslim scientific knowledge and gastronomy to the western world and Spain, in particular, and the fusion of the Muslim culture with Christian natives. The term is not necessarily confined to geographical boundaries although it is thought to be what is Andalusia today, as seen above. [Benavides-Barajas. Al-Andalus. 1988:5-33]

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