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.
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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