Faith-inspired Muslim warriors helped to conquer Iberia, but there was more to it than that.
Just Like Modern Life: Greed, Treachery and the Will to Power
Shot through with sagas of ambition, bravery and cultural achievement, the story of the rise and fall of al-Andalus, the area of the Iberian Peninsula occupied by the Muslims in the Middle Ages, makes passionate reading. Nor is it lacking in the eternal attributes of greed, treachery and the unbridled will to power. Add to those factors generous doses of religious fundamentalism on both sides, and you’ve got a story that resonates with 21st-century readers.
Contrary to the lessons we were taught as schoolchildren, neither was the Muslim conquest of Iberia a simple question of bloodthirsty Muslim warriors with curved scimitars imposing “the Koran or the sword”, nor was the Christian Reconquest, at least in its first 500 years, a conscious, organized campaign to reclaim Iberia for Christianity. More…