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When the Moors Ruled in Europe (2005)

PG | | Documentary
This program contends that the popular perception of the Muslim occupation of Spain toward the end of the first millennium is largely wrong. The eighth century Muslim invasion of the ... See full summary »


Timothy Copestake


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Credited cast:
Bettany Hughes ... Self - Presenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Almagro Antonio Almagro ... Self
Moussa Aouni Moussa Aouni ... Self
Pedro Chalmeta Gendrón Pedro Chalmeta Gendrón ... Self
Lauro Olmo Encisco Lauro Olmo Encisco ... Self
Antonio Fernández-Puertas Antonio Fernández-Puertas ... Self
Emilio González Ferrin Emilio González Ferrin ... Self
Francisco Franco ... Self (archive footage)
Mariá Ángeles Gallego Mariá Ángeles Gallego ... Self
Serafín Fanjul García Serafín Fanjul García ... Self
Eduardo Manzano Eduardo Manzano ... Self
Antonio Orihuela Antonio Orihuela ... Self
Dwight F. Reynolds Dwight F. Reynolds ... Self
Julio Samso Julio Samso ... Self
Amalia Zomena Amalia Zomena ... Self


This program contends that the popular perception of the Muslim occupation of Spain toward the end of the first millennium is largely wrong. The eighth century Muslim invasion of the Iberian Pennisula was largely welcomed by the locals and rejuvenated the area with advanced technology, agriculture and a construction boom. This program describes these innovations. All this changed in the eleventh century when the regional government fragmented. That set the stage for the Christian invasion and the Islamic fundamentalist resistance leading to more of a civil war than a holy war that decimated the region with corruption, destruction and exile. Written by David Foss

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When describing the construction of the Alhambra Bettany Hughes credits the resources of a huge empire stretching as far as China with supplying the resources. Moorish Spain, however, was a breakaway state. A rival to, rather than a part of the Abbasid Caliphate. See more »

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Beautiful lies
4 July 2019 | by mburdge-19716See all my reviews

Biggest problem with this documentary is that it is based on a lie - the lie that the Muslim invaders were not violent and murderous, but were actually "tolerant" of Christianity. The documentary is a broad whitewash of Islam. Far from being a gift to Europe, Islam was then and continues to be an oppressive political ideology of conquest, domination, suppression and elimination of anything that is not based on Islam. The documentary has beautiful videography, but it grossly distorts history. It is true that ancient Muslims brought many scientific innovations to Europe. But is is also true that the Muslim invaders were far from tolerant, peaceful benevolent dictators. This film comports with globalist goals but it is far from truthful. The narrator/historian certainly should know true history and therefore this whitewash can only be seen as an intentional lie.

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Когда Европой правили мавры See more »

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Cordoba, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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