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The MOORS were the Muslim inhabitants of the Maghreb , the Iberian Peninsula , Sicily , and Malta during the Middle Ages , who initially were Berber and Arab peoples from North Africa .

Moors are not a distinct or self-defined people, and mainstream scholars observed in 1911 that "The term 'Moors' has no real ethnological value." Medieval and early modern Europeans variously applied the name to Arabs, North African Berbers, and Muslim Europeans.

The term has also been used in Europe in a broader, somewhat derogatory sense to refer to Muslims in general, especially those of Arab or Berber descent, whether living in Spain or North Africa. During the colonial era, the Portuguese introduced the names "Ceylon Moors" and "Indian Moors" in Sri Lanka , and the Bengali Muslims were also called Moors.

In 711, troops mostly formed by Moors from North Africa led the Umayyad conquest of Hispania . The Iberian peninsula then came to be known in classical Arabic as Al-Andalus , which at its peak included most of Septimania and modern-day Spain and Portugal .

In 827, the Moors occupied Mazara on Sicily , developing it as a port . They eventually consolidated the rest of the island and some of southern Italy . Differences in religion and culture led to a centuries-long conflict with the Christian kingdoms of Europe , which tried to reclaim control of Muslim areas; this conflict was referred to as the Reconquista . In 1224 the Muslims were expelled from Sicily to the settlement of Lucera , which was destroyed by European Christians in 1300.

The fall of Granada in 1492 marked the end of Muslim rule in Iberia, although a Muslim minority persisted until their expulsion in 1609.


* 1 Name

* 1.1 Etymology * 1.2 Modern meanings

* 2 Moors of the Maghreb * 3 Moors of Iberia * 4 Moors of Sicily * 5 Architecture * 6 Moors in heraldry * 7 Population * 8 Moors in popular culture * 9 Notable Moors * 10 Gallery * 11 See also * 12 Notes * 13 References * 14 Bibliography * 15 External links



Further information: Mauri people and Mauretania

During the classical period, the Romans interacted with, and later conquered, parts of Mauretania , a state that covered modern northern Morocco , western Algeria , and the Spanish cities Ceuta and Melilla . The Berber tribes of the region were noted in Classical literature as _Mauri _, which was subsequently rendered as "Moors" in English and in related variations in other European languages. _Mauri_ (Μαῦροι) is recorded as the native name by Strabo in the early 1st century. This appellation was also adopted into Latin, whereas the Greek name for the tribe was _Maurusii_ (Μαυρούσιοι). The Moors were also mentioned by Tacitus as having revolted against the Roman Empire in 24 AD .


Sahrawi man from Western Sahara

In medieval Romance languages , variations of the Latin word for the Moors (for instance, Italian and Spanish : _moro_, French : _maure_, Portuguese : _mouro_, Romanian : _maur_) developed different applications and connotations. The term initially denoted a specific Berber people in western Libya , but the name acquired more general meaning during the medieval period, associated with " Muslim ", similar to associations with "Saracens ". During the context of the Crusades and the Reconquista , the term Moors included the derogatory suggestion of "infidels".

Apart from these historic associations and context, _Moor_ and _Moorish_ designate a specific ethnic group speaking Hassaniya Arabic . They inhabit Mauritania and parts of Algeria , Western Sahara , Tunisia , Morocco , Niger , and Mali . In Niger and Mali, these peoples are also known as the _ Azawagh Arabs_, after the Azawagh region of the Sahara.

The authoritative dictionary of the Spanish language does not list any derogatory meaning for the word _moro_, a term generally referring to people of Maghrebian origin in particular or Muslims in general. Some authors have pointed out that in modern colloquial Spanish use of the term _moro_ is derogatory for Moroccans in particular and Muslims in general.

In modern, colloquial Portuguese, the term _Mouro_ was primarily used as a designation for North Africans and secondarily as a derogatory and ironic term by northern Portuguese to refer to the inhabitants of the southern parts of the country ( Lisbon , Alentejo , and Algarve ). However, this designation has gained more acceptance in the south.

In the Philippines , a former Spanish colony , many modern Filipinos call the large, local Muslim minority concentrated in Mindanao and other southern islands _Moros _. The word is a catch-all term, as _Moro_ may come from several distinct ethno-linguistic groups such as the Maranao people . The term was introduced by Spanish colonisers, and has since been appropriated by Filipino Muslims as an endonym , with many self-identifying as members of the _Bangsamoro_ "Moro Nation". _ A performance of Moros y cristianos _ ( Moors and Christians) in Mexico

_Moreno_ can mean _dark-skinned_ in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and the Philippines. Also in Spanish, _morapio_ is a humorous name for "wine", especially that which has not been "baptized" or mixed with water, i.e., pure unadulterated wine. Among Spanish speakers, _moro_ came to have a broader meaning, applied to both Filipino Moros from Mindanao, and the moriscos of Granada . _Moro_ refers to all things dark, as in "Moor", _moreno_, etc. It was also used as a nickname; for instance, the Milanese Duke Ludovico Sforza was called _Il Moro_ because of his dark complexion.

In Portugal, _mouro_ (feminine, _moura_) may refer to supernatural beings known as enchanted _moura_ , where "moor" implies 'alien' and 'non-Christian'. These beings were siren-like fairies with golden or reddish hair and a fair face. They were believed to have magical properties. From this root, the name moor is applied to unbaptized children, meaning not Christian . In Basque , _mairu _ means moor and also refers to a mythical people.

Within the context of Portuguese colonization , in Sri Lanka (Portuguese Ceylon ), Muslims of Arab origin are called _Ceylon Moors_, not to be confused with "Indian Moors" of Sri Lanka (see Sri Lankan Moors ). Sri Lankan Moors (a combination of " Ceylon Moors" and "Indian Moors") make up 12% of the population. The Ceylon Moors (unlike the Indian Moors) are descendants of Arab traders who settled there in the mid-6th century. When the Portuguese arrived in the early 16th century, they labelled all the Muslims in the island as Moors as they saw some of them resembling the Moors in North Africa. The Sri Lankan government continues to identify the Muslims in Sri Lanka as "Sri Lankan Moors", sub-categorised into " Ceylon Moors" and "Indian Moors".

The Goan Muslims — a minority community who follow Islam in the western Indian coastal state of Goa — are commonly referred as _Moir_ (Konkani : मैर) by Goan Catholics and Hindus . _Moir_ is derived from the Portuguese word _mouro_ (Moor).


The Great Mosque of Kairouan was founded by the Arab general Uqba ibn Nafi in 670 during the Islamic conquest, to provide a place of worship for recently converted or immigrating Muslims.

In the late 7th and early 8th centuries CE, the Islamic Umayyad Caliphate , established after the death of Muhammad, underwent a period of rapid growth. In 647 CE, 40,000 Arabs forced the Byzantine governor of North Africa to submit and pay tribute, but failed to permanently occupy the region. After an interlude, during which the Muslims fought a civil war, the invasions resumed in 665, seizing Byzantine North Africa up to Bugia over the course of a series of campaigns, lasting until 689. A Byzantine counterattack largely expelled the Arabs but left the region vulnerable. Intermittent war over the inland provinces of North Africa continued for the next two decades. Further civil war delayed the continuation of further conquest, but an Arab assault took Carthage and held it against a Byzantine counterattack.

Although a Christian and pagan Berber rebellion pushed out the Arabs temporarily, the Romanized urban population preferred the Arabs to the Berbers and welcomed a renewed and final conquest that left North Africa in Muslim hands by 698. Over the next decades, the Berber and urban populations of North Africa gradually converted to Islam, although for separate reasons. The Arabic language was also adopted. Initially, the Arabs required only vassalage from the local inhabitants rather than assimilation, a process which took a considerable time. The groups that inhabited the Maghreb following this process became known collectively as Moors. Although the Berbers would later expel the Arabs from the Maghreb and form temporarily independent states, that effort failed to dislodge the usage of the collective term.


Further information: Umayyad conquest of Hispania and Al-Andalus Depiction of the Moors in Iberia, from The Cantigas de Santa Maria

In 711 the Islamic Moors of Arab and Berber descent in North Africa crossed the Strait of Gibraltar onto the Iberian Peninsula , and in a series of raids they conquered Visigothic Christian Hispania . Their general, Tariq ibn Ziyad , brought most of Iberia under Islamic rule in an eight-year campaign. They continued northeast across the Pyrenees Mountains but were defeated by the Franks under Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours in 732.

The Maghreb fell into a civil war in 739 that lasted until 743 known as the Berber Revolt . The Berbers revolted against the Umayyads , putting an end to Eastern dominion over the Maghreb. Despite racial tensions, Arabs and Berbers intermarried frequently. A few years later, the Eastern branch of the Umayyad dynasty was dethroned by the Abbasids and the Umayyad Caliphate overthrown in the Abbasid revolution (746-750) . Abd al-Rahman I , who was of Arab-Berber lineage, managed to evade the Abbasids and flee to the Maghreb and then Iberia, where he founded the Emirate of Córdoba and the Andalusian branch of the Umayyad dynasty. The Moors ruled North Africa and Al-Andalus for several centuries thereafter. Ibn Hazm , the polymath, mentions that many of the Caliphs in the Umayyad Caliphate and the Caliphate of Córdoba were blond and had light eyes. Ibn Hazm mentions that he preferred blondes, and notes that there was much interest in blondes in al-Andalus amongst the rulers and regular Muslims:

All the Caliphs of the Banu Marwan (God have mercy on their souls!), and especially the sons of al-Nasir , were without variation or exception disposed by nature to prefer blondes. I have myself seen them, and known others who had seen their forebears, from the days of al-Nasir's reign down to the present day; every one of them has been fair-haired, taking after their mothers, so that this has become a hereditary trait with them; all but Sulaiman al-Zafir (God have mercy on him!), whom I remember to have had black ringlets and a black beard. As for al-Nasir and al-Hakam al-Mustansir (may God be pleased with them!), I have been informed by my late father, the vizier, as well as by others, that both of them were blond and blue-eyed. The same is true of Hisham al-Mu\'aiyad , Muhammad al-Mahdi, and `Abd al-Rahman al-Murtada (may God be merciful to them all!); I saw them myself many times, and had the honour of being received by them, and I remarked that they all had fair hair and blue eyes. _ Moorish army (right) of Almanzor during the Reconquista Battle of San Esteban de Gormaz , from Cantigas de Alfonso X el Sabio_

The language spoken in the parts of the Iberian Peninsula under Muslim rule was Andalusian Arabic ; it became extinct after the expulsion of the Moriscos , but Arabic language influence on the Spanish language can still be found today. The Muslims were resisted in parts of the Iberian Peninsula in areas of the northwest (such as Asturias , where they were defeated at the battle of Covadonga ) and the largely Basque Country in the Pyrenees . Though the number of Moorish colonists was small, many native Iberian inhabitants converted to Islam . By 1000, according to Ronald Segal, some 5,000,000 of Iberia's 7,000,000 inhabitants, most of them descended from indigenous Iberian converts, were Muslim. There were also Sub-Saharan Africans who had been absorbed into al-Andalus to be used as soldiers and slaves . The Berber and Sub-Saharan African soldiers were known as "tangerines" because they were imported through Tangier .

The Caliphate of Córdoba collapsed in 1031 and the Islamic territory in Iberia fell under the rule of the Almohad Caliphate in 1153. This second stage was guided by a version of Islam that left behind the more tolerant practices of the past. Al-Andalus broke up into a number of taifas (fiefs), which were partly consolidated under the Caliphate of Córdoba. _ Mohammed I ibn Nasr , the Nasrid Moorish ruler of the Emirate of Granada embracing his Castilian ally, taken from The Cantigas de Santa María_

The Kingdom of Asturias , a small northwestern Christian Iberian kingdom, initiated the _ Reconquista _ ("Reconquest") soon after the Islamic conquest in the 8th century. Christian states based in the north and west slowly extended their power over the rest of Iberia. The Kingdom of Navarre , the Kingdom of Galicia , the Kingdom of León , the Kingdom of Portugal , the Kingdom of Aragon , the _Marca Hispánica _, and the Crown of Castile began a process of expansion and internal consolidation during the next several centuries under the flag of Reconquista. In 1212, a coalition of Christian kings under the leadership of Alfonso VIII of Castile drove the Muslims from Central Iberia. The Portuguese side of the Reconquista ended in 1249 with the conquest of the Algarve ( Arabic : الغرب‎‎ – _al-Gharb_ ) under Afonso III . He was the first Portuguese monarch to claim the title "King of Portugal and the Algarve ".

The Moorish Kingdom of Granada continued for three more centuries in southern Iberia. On 2 January 1492, the leader of the last Muslim stronghold in Granada surrendered to the armies of a recently united Christian Spain (after the marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragón and Isabella I of Castile , the " Catholic Monarchs "). The Moorish inhabitants received no military aid or rescue from other Muslim nations. The remaining Jews were also forced to leave Spain, convert to Roman Catholic Christianity, or be killed for refusing to do so. In 1480, to exert social and religious control, Isabella and Ferdinand agreed to allow the Inquisition in Spain . The Muslim population of Granada rebelled in 1499 . The revolt lasted until early 1501, giving the Castilian authorities an excuse to void the terms of the Treaty of Granada (1491). In 1501, Castilian authorities delivered an ultimatum to the Muslims of Granada: they could either convert to Christianity or be expelled. Court of the lions in the Alhambra , a Moorish palace built in the 14th century in Granada, Spain

The Inquisition was aimed mostly at Jews and Muslims who had overtly converted to Christianity but were thought to be practicing their faiths secretly. They were respectively called _marranos _ and _moriscos _. However, in 1567 King Philip II directed Moriscos to give up their Arabic names and traditional dress, and prohibited the use of Arabic . In reaction, there was a Morisco uprising in the Alpujarras from 1568 to 1571. In the years from 1609 to 1614, the government expelled Moriscos. The historian Henri Lapeyre estimated that this affected 300,000 out of an estimated total of 8 million inhabitants.

Some Muslims converted to Christianity and remained permanently in Iberia. This is indicated by a "high mean proportion of ancestry from North African (10.6%)" that "attests to a high level of religious conversion (whether voluntary or enforced), driven by historical episodes of social and religious intolerance, that ultimately led to the integration of descendants." According to historian Richard A. Fletcher , "the number of Arabs who settled in Iberia was very small. 'Moorish' Iberia does at least have the merit of reminding us that the bulk of the invaders and settlers were Moors, i.e., Berbers from Algeria and Morocco."

In the meantime, Spanish and Portuguese expeditions westward from the New World spread Christianity to India, the Malay peninsula , Indonesia , and the Philippines . By 1521, the ships of Magellan had reached that island archipelago, which they named _Las Islas Filipinas_, after Philip II of Spain . In Mindanao , the Spaniards named the kris -bearing people as Moros or 'Moors'. Today this ethnic group in Mindanao, who are generally Filipino Muslim , are called "Moros".


See also: History of Islam in southern Italy and Norman-Arab-Byzantine culture Muslim musicians at the court of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily

The first Muslim conquest of Sicily began in 827, though it was not until 902 that almost the entire island was in the control of the Aghlabids , with the exception of some minor strongholds in the rugged interior. During that period some parts of southern Italy fell under Muslim control, most notably the port city of Bari , which formed the Emirate of Bari from 847-871. In 909 the Aghlabid dynasty was replaced by Shiite Fatimids . Four years later, the Fatimid governor was ousted from Palermo when the island declared its independence under Emir Ahmed ibn-Kohrob. The language spoken in Sicily under Muslim rule was Siculo- Arabic .

In 1038, a Byzantine army under George Maniaces crossed the strait of Messina. This army included a corps of Normans that saved the situation in the first clash against the Muslims from Messina. After another decisive victory in the summer of 1040, Maniaces halted his march to lay siege to Syracuse . Despite his success, Maniaces was removed from his position, and the subsequent Muslim counter-offensive reconquered all the cities captured by the Byzantines.

The Norman Robert Guiscard , son of Tancred, invaded Sicily in 1060. The island was split between three Arab emirs, and the Christian population in many parts of the island rose up against the ruling Muslims. One year later, Messina fell, and in 1072 Palermo was taken by the Normans. The loss of the cities, each with a splendid harbor, dealt a severe blow to Muslim power on the island. Eventually all of Sicily was taken. In 1091, Noto in the southern tip of Sicily and the island of Malta, the last Arab strongholds, fell to the Christians. Islamic authors noted the tolerance of the Norman kings of Sicily. Ibn al-Athir wrote: "They were treated kindly, and they were protected, even against the Franks . Because of that, they had great love for King Roger."

The Muslim problem characterized Hohenstaufen rule in Sicily under Holy Roman Emperors Henry VI and his son Frederick II . Many repressive measures were introduced by Frederick II to please the popes, who were intolerant of Islam in the heart of Christendom. This resulted in a rebellion by Sicilian Muslims, which in turn triggered organized resistance and systematic reprisals and marked the final chapter of Islam in Sicily. The complete eviction of Muslims and the annihilation of Islam in Sicily was completed by the late 1240s when the final deportations to Lucera took place.


Main article: Moorish architecture Interior of the Mezquita , Córdoba

Moorish architecture is the articulated Islamic architecture of North Africa and parts of Spain and Portugal, where the Moors were dominant between 711 and 1492. The best surviving examples are La Mezquita in Córdoba and the Alhambra palace in Granada (mainly 1338–1390), as well as the Giralda in Seville (1184). Other notable examples include the ruined palace city of Medina Azahara (936–1010), the church (former mosque) San Cristo de la Luz in Toledo , the Aljafería in Saragossa and baths at for example Ronda and Alhama de Granada .


Main article: Maure _ Arms of the great Bristol merchant and shipper William II Canynges (d.1474), as depicted on his canopied tomb in St Mary Redcliffe Church, showing the couped_ heads of three Moors wreathed at the temples

Moors—or more frequently their heads, often crowned—appear with some frequency in medieval European heraldry , though less so since the Middle Ages. The term ascribed to them in Anglo-Norman _blazon _ (the language of English heraldry) is _maure_, though they are also sometimes called _moore_, _blackmoor_, _blackamoor_ or _negro_. Maures appear in European heraldry from at least as early as the 13th century, and some have been attested as early as the 11th century in Italy , where they have persisted in the local heraldry and vexillology well into modern times in Corsica and Sardinia . Coat of arms of the Nasrid dynasty , the last Muslim dynasty of al-Andalus

Armigers bearing moors or moors' heads may have adopted them for any of several reasons, to include symbolizing military victories in the Crusades , as a pun on the bearer's name in the canting arms of Morese, Negri, Saraceni, etc., or in the case of Frederick II , possibly to demonstrate the reach of his empire. The arms of Pope Benedict XVI feature a moor's head, crowned and collared red, in reference to the arms of Freising, Germany . In the case of Corsica and Sardinia, the blindfolded moors' heads in the four quarters have long been said to represent the four Moorish emirs who were defeated by Peter I of Aragon in the 11th century, the four moors' heads around a cross having been adopted to the arms of Aragon around 1281–1387, and Corsica and Sardinia having come under the dominion of the king of Aragon in 1297. In Corsica, the blindfolds were lifted to the brow in the 18th century as a way of expressing the island's newfound independence.

The use of Moors (and particularly their heads) as a heraldic symbol has been deprecated in modern North America . For example, the College of Arms of the Society for Creative Anachronism urges applicants to use them delicately to avoid causing offence.


Moors on the North African coast, as depicted in Britain in 1739

Populations in Carthage circa 200 BC and northern Algeria 1500 BC were diverse. As a group, they plotted closest to the populations of Northern Egypt and intermediate to Northern Europeans and tropical Africans: "the data supported the comments from ancient authors observed by classicists: everything from fair-skinned blonds to peoples who were dark-skinned 'Ethiopian' or part Ethiopian in appearance." Modern evidence shows a similar diversity among present North Africans. Moreover, this diversity of phenotypes and peoples was probably due to _in situ _ differentiation, not foreign influxes. Foreign influxes are thought to have affected population make-up, but did not replace the indigenous Berber population.


* The title character in William Shakespeare's play _ Othello _, and the derived title character in Verdi's opera _ Otello _, is a Moor. The character has been played by various thespians in different forms of entertainment. A less well-known Moorish character, Aaron, appears in Shakespeare’s earlier tragedy _ Titus Andronicus _. * Morgan Freeman 's character Azeem in the 1991 film _Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves _ is a Moor who Robin Hood saves from prison. * The 2009 documentary film _ Journey to Mecca _ follows the travels of the Moorish explorer Ibn Battuta from his native country of Morocco to Mecca for the Hajj in 1325. * The international bestseller _The Alchemist _ mentions the Moors several times while describing the setting of southern Spain.


See also: List of Berbers and List of Arab scientists and scholars _ Averroes , a Moorish polymath, was the founder of the Averroism school of philosophy, and influential in the rise of secular thought in Western Europe

* Tariq ibn Ziyad , Moorish general who defeated the Visigoths and conquered Hispania in 711. * Abd ar-Rahman I , founder of the Umayyad Emirate of Córdoba in 756; along with its succeeding Caliphate of Córdoba , the dynasty ruled Islamic Iberia for three centuries. * Ibn al-Qūṭiyya , Andalusian historian and grammarian . * Yahya al-Laithi , Andalusian scholar who introduced the Maliki school of jurisprudence in Al-Andalus. * Abbas ibn Firnas , 810–887, Berber inventor and aviator who invented an early parachute and made the first attempt at controlled flight with a hang glider . * Maslama al-Majriti , died 1007, Andalusian writer believed to have been the author of the Encyclopedia of the Brethren of Purity _ and the _ Picatrix _. * Al-Zahrawi (Abulcasis), Andalusian physician and surgeon who established the discipline of surgery as a profession with his _ Al-Tasrif _ in 1000. * Said Al-Andalusi , 1029–1070, Andalusian Qadi , historian, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer. * Abū Ishāq Ibrāhīm al-Zarqālī (Arzachel), 1029–1087, Andalusian astronomer and engineer who developed the equatorium and universal (latitude-independent) astrolabe and compiled a _ Zij _ later used as a basis for the _ Tables of Toledo _. * Artephius , _circa_ 1126, Andalusian scientist known as the author of numerous works of Alchemical texts, now extant only in Latin. * Ibn Bajjah (Avempace), died 1138, Andalusian physicist and polymath whose theory of motion, including the concept of a reaction force, influenced the development of classical mechanics . * Ibn Zuhr (Avenzoar), 1091–1161, Andalusian physician and polymath who discovered the existence of parasites and pioneered experimental surgery. * Muhammad al-Idrisi , circa 1100–1166, Moorish geographer and polymath who drew the _ Tabula Rogeriana _, the most accurate world map in pre-modern times. * Ibn Tufail , circa 1105–1185, Arabic writer and polymath who wrote _ Hayy ibn Yaqdhan _, the first philosophical novel . * Averroes (Ibn Rushd), 1126–1198, classical Islamic philosopher and polymath who wrote _ The Incoherence of the Incoherence _ and the most extensive Aristotelian commentaries, and established the school of Averroism . * Ibn al-Baitar , died 1248, Andalusian botanist and pharmacist who compiled the most extensive pharmacopoeia and botanical compilation in pre-modern times. * Musa I of Mali (c. 1280 – c. 1337) was a devout Muslim, and his pilgrimage to Mecca made him well-known across northern Africa and the Middle East. * Ibn Khaldun , a pioneer of the social sciences and forerunner of sociology, historiography and economics , who wrote the _ Muqaddimah _ in 1377. * Abu Bakr II (fl. 14th century), abdicated his throne in order to explore "the limits of the ocean". * Abū al-Hasan ibn Alī al-Qalasādī , 1412–1486, Moorish mathematician who took the first steps toward the introduction of algebraic symbolism . * Leo Africanus , 1494–1554, Andalusian geographer, author and diplomat, who was captured by Spanish pirates and sold as a slave, but later baptized and freed. * Estevanico , also referred to as "Stephen the Moor", was an explorer in the service of Spain of what is now the southwest of the United States. * Ibn Battuta , an Islamic scholar and Moorish explorer who is generally considered one of the greatest travellers of all time. * Ibn Hazm , a Moorish polymath who was considered one of the leading thinkers of the Muslim World and is widely acknowledged as the father of Comparative religion studies. * Ibn Idhari , a Moorish historian who was the author of (Al-Bayan al-Mughrib ) an important medieval text on the history of the Maghreb and Iberia .



_ Othello and Desdemona in Venice _, depicting Othello and his wife from William Shakespeare 's play _ Othello _ *

"Batalla del Puig " (c. 1410-1420), depicting a battle from the Reconquista *

Tariq ibn-Ziyad was the Moorish general who led the conquest of Visigothic Spain in the early 8th century *

Moors in Spain playing chess, from the _ Book of Games _ *

The Moors request permission from James I of Aragón *

"Wild Men and Moors" tapestry, c. 1400 *

Moorish and Christian army readying for battle, taken from _The Cantigas de Santa María_ *

Moorish and Christian Reconquista battle, taken from _The Cantigas de Santa María_ *

Christian and Moor playing lutes , 13th century *

Riyad the Moor receiving a letter from Shanul in Hadith Bayad wa Riyad *

Depiction of Moorish cavalry troops, taken from _The Cantigas de Santa María_ *

Moors dividing the spoils, taken from _The Cantigas de Santa María_ *

Muhammad XII of Granada , last Muslim sultan in Spain *

Leo Africanus , born in Granada *

Christian and Muslim playing chess, from _The Book of Games _ of Alfonso X , c. 1285 *

Depiction of three Moorish knights found on Alhambra 's Ladies Tower


* Adarga * Al-Andalus * Alhambra * Almohad dynasty * Almoravid dynasty * Averroes

* Berbers * Böszörmény * Caliphate of Córdoba * Emirate of Granada * Genetic history of the Iberian Peninsula * Genetic studies on Moroccans

* History of North Africa * History of Portugal * History of Spain * Islam in Spain * Marinid dynasty * Moorish architecture * Moorish Revival architecture

* Morisco * Nasrid dynasty * Orientalism * Ricote (Don Quixote) * Saracen


* ^ ..._ Hindu Kristao MOIR sogle bhau_- Hindus, Christians and Muslims are all brothers...


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