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The term "Moors" refers primarily to the Muslim
Muslim
inhabitants of the Maghreb, the Iberian Peninsula, Sicily, and Malta
Malta
during the Middle Ages. The Moors
Moors
initially were the Berber autochthones of the Maghreb.[1] The name was later also applied to Arabs.[2][3] Moors
Moors
are not a distinct or self-defined people,[4] and the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica observed that "The term 'Moors' has no real ethnological value."[5] Medieval
Medieval
and early modern Europeans
Europeans
variously applied the name to Arabs, North African Berbers, and Muslim Europeans.[6] The term has also been used in Europe in a broader, somewhat derogatory sense to refer to Muslims in general,[7] especially those of Arab or Berber descent, whether living in Spain
Spain
or North Africa.[8] During the colonial era, the Portuguese introduced the names "Ceylon Moors" and "Indian Moors" in Sri Lanka, and the Bengali Muslims
Bengali Muslims
were also called Moors.[9] In 711, troops mostly formed by Moors
Moors
from northern Africa led the Umayyad
Umayyad
conquest of Hispania. The Iberian peninsula then came to be known in classical Arabic
Arabic
as Al-Andalus, which at its peak included most of Septimania
Septimania
and modern-day Spain
Spain
and Portugal. In 827, the Moors
Moors
occupied Mazara on Sicily, developing it as a port.[10] 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
Christian
kingdoms of Europe, which tried to reclaim control of Muslim
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
Granada
in 1492 marked the end of Muslim
Muslim
rule in Iberia, although a Muslim
Muslim
minority persisted until their expulsion in 1609.[11]

Contents

1 Name

1.1 Etymology 1.2 Modern meanings

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

Name[edit] Etymology[edit] Further information: Mauri people
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
Ceuta
and Melilla.[12] 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.[13] Mauri (Μαῦροι) is recorded as the native name by Strabo
Strabo
in the early 1st century. This appellation was also adopted into Latin, whereas the Greek name for the tribe was Maurusii (Μαυρούσιοι).[14] The Moors
Moors
were also mentioned by Tacitus as having revolted against the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
in 24 AD.[15] The 16th century scholar Leo Africanus
Leo Africanus
(c. 1494–1554) identified the Moors
Moors
(Mauri) as the native Berber inhabitants of the former Roman Africa Province (Roman Africans). He described Moors
Moors
as one of five main population groups on the continent alongside Egyptians, Abyssinians (Abassins), Arabians and Cafri (Cafates).[1] Modern meanings[edit] In medieval Romance languages, variations of the Latin
Latin
word for the Moors
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
Crusades
and the Reconquista, the term Moors
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
Mauritania
and parts of Algeria, Western Sahara, Tunisia, Morocco, Niger, and Mali. In Niger
Niger
and Mali, these peoples are also known as the Azawagh
Azawagh
Arabs, after the Azawagh
Azawagh
region of the Sahara.[16] The authoritative dictionary of the Spanish language
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.[17] Some authors have pointed out that in modern colloquial Spanish use of the term moro is derogatory for Moroccans
Moroccans
in particular[18][19][20][21][22] 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
Muslim
minority concentrated in Mindanao
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". 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
Ludovico Sforza
was called Il Moro because of his dark complexion.[23] 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.[24] From this root, the name moor is applied to unbaptized children, meaning not Christian.[25][26] In Basque, mairu means moor and also refers to a mythical people.[27] 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
Sri Lanka
(see Sri Lankan Moors). Sri Lankan Moors
Sri Lankan Moors
(a combination of "Ceylon Moors" and "Indian Moors") make up 12% of the population. The Ceylon Moors
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
Moors
as they saw some of them resembling the Moors
Moors
in North Africa. The Sri Lankan government continues to identify the Muslims in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
as "Sri Lankan Moors", sub-categorised into "Ceylon Moors" and "Indian Moors".[28] The Goan Muslims
Goan Muslims
— a minority community who follow Islam
Islam
in the western Indian coastal state of Goa
Goa
— are commonly referred as Moir (Konkani: मैर) by Goan Catholics
Goan Catholics
and Hindus.[a] Moir is derived from the Portuguese word mouro (Moor). Moors
Moors
of the Maghreb[edit]

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
Arabs
forced the Byzantine governor of northern Africa to submit and pay tribute, but failed to permanently occupy the region.[29] After an interlude, during which the Muslims fought a civil war, the invasions resumed in 665, seizing Byzantine North Africa
North Africa
up to Bugia over the course of a series of campaigns, lasting until 689. A Byzantine counterattack largely expelled the Arabs
Arabs
but left the region vulnerable. Intermittent war over the inland provinces of North Africa
North Africa
continued for the next two decades. Further civil war delayed the continuation of further conquest, but an Arab assault took Carthage
Carthage
and held it against a Byzantine counterattack. Although a Christian
Christian
and pagan Berber rebellion pushed out the Arabs temporarily, the Romanized urban population preferred the Arabs
Arabs
to the Berbers
Berbers
and welcomed a renewed and final conquest that left northern Africa in Muslim
Muslim
hands by 698. Over the next decades, the Berber and urban populations of northern Africa gradually converted to Islam, although for separate reasons.[30] The Arabic language
Arabic language
was also adopted. Initially, the Arabs
Arabs
required only vassalage from the local inhabitants rather than assimilation, a process which took a considerable time.[30] The groups that inhabited the Maghreb
Maghreb
following this process became known collectively as Moors. Although the Berbers would later expel the Arabs
Arabs
from the Maghreb
Maghreb
and form temporarily independent states, that effort failed to dislodge the usage of the collective term. Moors
Moors
of Iberia[edit] Further information: Umayyad conquest of Hispania
Umayyad conquest of Hispania
and Al-Andalus

Depiction of the Moors
Moors
in Iberia, from The Cantigas de Santa Maria

In 711 the Islamic Arab and Moors
Moors
of Berber descent in northern Africa crossed the Strait of Gibraltar
Strait of Gibraltar
onto the Iberian Peninsula, and in a series of raids they conquered Visigothic Christian
Christian
Hispania.[31] Their general, Tariq ibn Ziyad, brought most of Iberia under Islamic rule in an eight-year campaign. They continued northeast across the Pyrenees
Pyrenees
Mountains but were defeated by the Franks
Franks
under Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours
Battle of Tours
in 732. The Maghreb
Maghreb
fell into a civil war in 739 that lasted until 743 known as the Berber Revolt. The Berbers
Berbers
revolted against the Umayyads, putting an end to Eastern dominion over the Maghreb. Despite racial tensions, Arabs
Arabs
and Berbers
Berbers
intermarried frequently. A few years later, the Eastern branch of the Umayyad
Umayyad
dynasty was dethroned by the Abbasids and the Umayyad Caliphate
Umayyad Caliphate
overthrown in the Abbasid revolution (746-750). Abd al-Rahman I, who was of Arab-Berber
Arab-Berber
lineage, managed to evade the Abbasids and flee to the Maghreb
Maghreb
and then Iberia, where he founded the Emirate of Córdoba
Emirate of Córdoba
and the Andalusian branch of the Umayyad
Umayyad
dynasty. The Moors
Moors
ruled northern Africa and Al-Andalus for several centuries thereafter.[32] Ibn Hazm, the polymath, mentions that many of the Caliphs in the Umayyad Caliphate
Umayyad Caliphate
and the Caliphate of Córdoba were blond and had light eyes.[33] Ibn Hazm
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.[34]

Moorish army (right) of Almanzor
Almanzor
during the Reconquista
Reconquista
Battle of San Esteban de Gormaz, from Cantigas de Alfonso X
Alfonso X
el Sabio

The languages spoken in the parts of the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
under Muslim
Muslim
rule were Andalusian Arabic
Andalusian Arabic
and Mozarabic; they became extinct after the expulsion of the Moriscos, but Arabic language
Arabic language
influence on the Spanish language
Spanish language
can still be found today. The Muslims were resisted in parts of the Iberian Peninsula
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.[35][36] The Caliphate of Córdoba
Caliphate of Córdoba
collapsed in 1031 and the Islamic territory in Iberia fell under the rule of the Almohad Caliphate
Almohad Caliphate
in 1153. This second stage was guided by a version of Islam
Islam
that left behind the more tolerant practices of the past.[37] Al-Andalus
Al-Andalus
broke up into a number of taifas (fiefs), which were partly consolidated under the Caliphate of Córdoba.

Muhammad I of Granada, the Nasrid Moorish ruler of the Emirate of Granada
Granada
embracing his Castilian ally, taken from The Cantigas de Santa María

The Kingdom of Asturias, a small northwestern Christian
Christian
Iberian kingdom, initiated the Reconquista
Reconquista
("Reconquest") soon after the Islamic conquest in the 8th century. Christian
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
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
Christian
kings under the leadership of Alfonso VIII of Castile
Alfonso VIII of Castile
drove the Muslims from Central Iberia. The Portuguese side of the Reconquista
Reconquista
ended in 1249 with the conquest of the Algarve
Algarve
(Arabic: الغرب‎ – al-Gharb) under Afonso III. He was the first Portuguese monarch to claim the title "King of Portugal
Portugal
and the Algarve". The Moorish Kingdom of Granada
Granada
continued for three more centuries in southern Iberia. On 2 January 1492, the leader of the last Muslim stronghold in Granada
Granada
surrendered to the armies of a recently united Christian
Christian
Spain
Spain
(after the marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragón
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.[38] 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
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
Granada
(1491). In 1501, Castilian authorities delivered an ultimatum to the Muslims of Granada: they could either convert to Christianity
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
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
Moriscos
to give up their Arabic
Arabic
names and traditional dress, and prohibited the use of Arabic. In reaction, there was a Morisco
Morisco
uprising in the Alpujarras
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.[39] Some Muslims converted to Christianity
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."[40][41] According to historian Richard A. Fletcher,[42] "the number of Arabs
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
Berbers
from Algeria
Algeria
and Morocco." In the meantime, Spanish and Portuguese expeditions westward from the New World
New World
spread Christianity
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". Moors
Moors
of Sicily[edit] See also: History of Islam in southern Italy
History of Islam in southern Italy
and Norman-Arab-Byzantine culture

Muslim
Muslim
musicians at the court of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily

The first Muslim
Muslim
conquest of Sicily
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
Italy
fell under Muslim
Muslim
control, most notably the port city of Bari, which formed the Emirate of Bari
Bari
from 847-871. In 909 the Aghlabid dynasty was replaced by Shiite
Shiite
Fatimids.[citation needed] 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
Sicily
under Muslim
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
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
Muslim
counter-offensive reconquered all the cities captured by the Byzantines. The Norman Robert Guiscard, son of Tancred, invaded Sicily
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
Muslim
power on the island. Eventually all of Sicily
Sicily
was taken. In 1091, Noto in the southern tip of Sicily
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 [the Muslims] were treated kindly, and they were protected, even against the Franks. Because of that, they had great love for King Roger."[43] The Muslim
Muslim
problem characterized Hohenstaufen rule in Sicily
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
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
Islam
in Sicily. The complete eviction of Muslims and the annihilation of Islam
Islam
in Sicily
Sicily
was completed by the late 1240s when the final deportations to Lucera
Lucera
took place. Architecture[edit] Main article: Moorish architecture

Interior of the Mezquita, Córdoba

Moorish architecture
Moorish architecture
is the articulated Islamic architecture
Islamic architecture
of northern Africa and parts of Spain
Spain
and Portugal, where the Moors
Moors
were dominant between 711 and 1492. The best surviving examples of this architectural tradition are La Mezquita
Mezquita
in Córdoba and the Alhambra palace in Granada
Granada
(mainly 1338–1390),[44] as well as the Giralda
Giralda
in Seville (1184).[45] Other notable examples include the ruined palace city of Medina Azahara
Medina Azahara
(936–1010), the church (former mosque) San Cristo de la Luz
Cristo de la Luz
in Toledo, the Aljafería
Aljafería
in Saragossa
Saragossa
and baths at for example Ronda
Ronda
and Alhama de Granada. In heraldry[edit] Main article: Maure

Coat of arms of Aragon
Aragon
with Moors' heads.

Arms of the wealthy 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
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.[46] Maures appear in European heraldry from at least as early as the 13th century,[47] and some have been attested as early as the 11th century in Italy,[47] where they have persisted in the local heraldry and vexillology well into modern times in Corsica
Corsica
and Sardinia.

Coat of arms of the Nasrid dynasty, the last Muslim
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.[47] The arms of Pope Benedict XVI feature a moor's head, crowned and collared red, in reference to the arms of Freising, Germany.[48] In the case of Corsica
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
Aragon
in the 11th century, the four moors' heads around a cross having been adopted to the arms of Aragon
Aragon
around 1281–1387, and Corsica
Corsica
and Sardinia
Sardinia
having come under the dominion of the king of Aragon
Aragon
in 1297.[49] In Corsica, the blindfolds were lifted to the brow in the 18th century as a way of expressing the island's newfound independence.[50] The use of Moors
Moors
(and particularly their heads) as a heraldic symbol has been deprecated in modern North America.[51] For example, the College of Arms of the Society for Creative Anachronism
Society for Creative Anachronism
urges applicants to use them delicately to avoid causing offence.[52] Population[edit]

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

Populations in Carthage
Carthage
circa 200 BC and northern Algeria
Algeria
1500 BC were diverse.[citation needed] 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."[53] 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.[citation needed] Foreign influxes are thought to have affected population make-up, but did not replace the indigenous Berber population.[54] In popular culture[edit]

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
Robin Hood
saves from prison. The 2009 documentary film Journey to Mecca
Journey to Mecca
follows the travels of the Moorish explorer Ibn Battuta
Ibn Battuta
from his native country of Morocco
Morocco
to Mecca
Mecca
for the Hajj
Hajj
in 1325. The international bestseller The Alchemist mentions the Moors
Moors
several times while describing the setting of southern Spain. Moors
Moors
are also mentioned very frequently in Miguel de Cervantes' novel Don Quixote.

Notable Moors[edit] See also: List of Berbers
Berbers
and List of Arab scientists and scholars

Averroes, a Moorish polymath, was the founder of the Averroism
Averroism
school of philosophy, and influential in the rise of secular thought in Western Europe

Tariq ibn Ziyad, Moorish general who defeated the Visigoths
Visigoths
and conquered Hispania
Hispania
in 711. Abd ar-Rahman I, founder of the Umayyad
Umayyad
Emirate of Córdoba
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
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
Al-Zahrawi
(Abulcasis), Andalusian physician and surgeon who established the discipline of surgery as a profession with his Al-Tasrif
Al-Tasrif
in 1000. Said Al-Andalusi, 1029–1070, Andalusian Qadi, historian, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer. Abū Ishāq Ibrāhīm al-Zarqālī
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
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
Arabic
writer and polymath who wrote Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, the first philosophical novel. Averroes
Averroes
(Ibn Rushd), 1126–1198, classical Islamic philosopher and polymath who wrote The Incoherence of the Incoherence
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
Mali
(c. 1280 – c. 1337) was a devout Muslim, and his pilgrimage to Mecca
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
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
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
Muslim
World and is widely acknowledged as the father of Comparative religion
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.

Gallery[edit]

Othello
Othello
and Desdemona
Desdemona
in Venice, depicting Othello
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
Tariq ibn-Ziyad
was the Moorish general who led the conquest of Visigothic Spain
Spain
in the early 8th century

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

The Moors
Moors
request permission from James I of Aragón

"Wild Men and Moors" tapestry, c. 1400

Moorish and Christian
Christian
army readying for battle, taken from The Cantigas de Santa María

Moorish and Christian
Christian
Reconquista
Reconquista
battle, taken from The Cantigas de Santa María

Christian
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
Moors
dividing the spoils, taken from The Cantigas de Santa María

Muhammad XII of Granada, last Muslim
Muslim
sultan in Spain

Leo Africanus, born in Granada

Christian
Christian
and Muslim
Muslim
playing chess, from The Book of Games
Book of Games
of Alfonso X, c. 1285

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

See also[edit]

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
Islam
in Spain Marinid dynasty Moorish architecture Moorish Revival architecture

Morisco Nasrid dynasty Orientalism Ricote (Don Quixote) Saracen

Notes[edit]

^ ... Hindu
Hindu
Kristao Moir sogle bhau- Hindus, Christians and Muslims are all brothers...[55]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Look up Moor or Moorish in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

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"The Moors" by Ross Brann, published on New York University website. Secret Seal: On the image of the Blackamoor in European Heraldry, a PBS
PBS
article. Encyclopedia - Britannica Online Encyclopedia (2006) Moors, Classic Encyclopedia (1911) Khalid Amine, Moroccan Shakespeare: From Moors
Moors
to Moroccans. Paper presented at an International Conference Organized by The Postgraduate School of Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham, and The British Council, Morocco, 12–14 April 2001. Africans in Medieval
Medieval
& Renaissance Art: The Moor's Head, Victoria and Albert Museum (n.d) Sean Cavazos-Kottke. Othello's Predecessors: Moors
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in Renaissance Popular Literature: (outline). Folger Shakespeare Library, 1998.

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