Rejecting al-Andalus, exalting the Reconquista: historical memory in contemporary Spain

  title={Rejecting al-Andalus, exalting the Reconquista: historical memory in contemporary Spain},
  author={Alejandro Garc{\'i}a-Sanju{\'a}n},
  journal={Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies},
  pages={127 - 145}
ABSTRACT This paper focuses on the survival of a form of historical memory in modern Spain that dates back to the nineteenth century. The prevailing form of Spanish national identity at that time was completely dependent on Catholicism; the medieval Iberian past was understood as a struggle of national liberation against invading Muslims, culminating in a final Christian victory in 1492. This approach generated an exclusionary vision of al-Andalus as alien to Spanish identity, expressed through… 
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