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Who was included in the "Moors" of Spain?

As explained by Wikipedia, "Moors" are not a self-defined people, or reference to any one ethnicity, but a name used by (Christian) Europeans according to their own logic. In the context of Spain, ...
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Why did Al-Andalus become cosmopolitan?

I don't have much relevant expertise, but am inclined to question the uniqueness of Al-Andalus on both points. First, the case can be made that Islam in general was more tolerant of Jews than ...
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How did philosophical and scientific knowledge in Christian Europe in 1085 compare to the body of knowledge contained in the library of Toledo?

The volume of information in the libraries of Andalusian Spain (Toledo, Cordoba and Granada) truly dwarfed what was available in most of Christendom at the time. Andalusian libraries and their ...
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Why was the morale of El Cid's troops always so high?

I don't think there's anything particularly remarkable about that. Rodrigo was a soldier of fortune, a profesional warrior since he was a child, and as such, a quite competent one. Battle-hardened in ...
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Did Averroes really try to bury light in an attempt to create gold, or was that invented by Victor Hugo?

Long comment Alchemy was a "living subject" in Islamic science and philosophy. See at least Lawrence Principe, The Secrets of Alchemy (2013, The University of Chicago Press), Ch.2 Arabic al-...
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Why didn't the knights of Western Europe drive the Moors out of Granada in 1212 when they invaded Iberia?

In order to actually keep the territory they won on the battlefield, and to move on further south, the Christians would have to take the castles and fortified towns in the area (as was mentioned in ...
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Is there a relationship between Portugal and Spain being able to discover the New World and the Moor occupation?

It had more to do with the Reconquista. There was a social pattern that Aragon, Castile, and Portugal developed as they "reconquered" the Iberian Peninsula. This same pattern was how they colonized ...
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Were there distinctions between Arab, Berbers and Iberian Muslims in 10th century Islamic Spain?

Legally all the Muslims were treated identically, at least on paper, as only non-Muslims had jizya imposed on them. However the different Islamic groups in medieval Iberia came from different ethno-...
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Who was included in the "Moors" of Spain?

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