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In 711 a military of Arabs and Berbers from North Africa, united through their religion in Islam, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and arrived at the Iberian Peninsula. In lower than a decade the Muslims introduced many of the peninsula below their domination they known as the Iberian lands they managed al-Andalus. even though the borders of al-Andalus shifted over the centuries, the Muslims remained a strong strength at the peninsula for nearly 8 hundred years, till 1492, once they have been expelled via Ferdinand and Isabella. This quantity, which accompanies an important exhibition awarded on the Alhambra in Granada and The Metropolitan Museum of artwork in long island, is dedicated to the little-known inventive legacy of Islamic Spain. From 711 to 1492 al-Andalus was once the occidental frontier of Islam. Floating at the western fringe of the Mediterranean, bring to a halt from the ecu continent through jagged mountains, it was once geographically remoted from either North Africa and Europe, from Islamic in addition to Christian lands. actual remoteness gave al-Andalus a privileged position in medieval myths but in addition separated it from the groups of the east and the west, in order that it bought basically sporadic cognizance from either worlds. even supposing a small team of students pursued the intense research of the humanities of Islamic Spain, those arts have for the main half been seen as incredible and unique vestiges of a misplaced tradition, as items and monuments that left no mark on ecu culture.

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