MoorishEmpire Reading Review
Thereading presents the story of the Moors in Spain by presenting anaccount of the Moorish empire. The reading provides a chronicle ofthe way the kingdom rose and fell in the Spanish land. This involvesa consistent and complete account of the activities in the kingdomand the practices of the Muslim empire established in a Christianland. To present the story of the Moorish empire, the author gives adetailed description of the art, the science, and the industries inthe kingdom and the architecture. The author presents these aspectsof the society with the original illustrations of the materials anditems as well as architecture to support the description of thehistory of the empire.
Oneof the main architectural descriptions of history is TheGate of Bisagra.TheGate of Bisagra was built to be an entry to the city of Toledo inSpain.This was at a time when the Spain was conquered by the invadingArabs. The gate shows the protection that the kingdom was set toestablish in the Spanish land. However, Christian Spaniards tried toresist the Arab invasion as seen by the efforts of the legendaryRoderick. The battle between Roderick and the moors happened at thegates and ended with a mystery of his whereabouts.
Anotherkey aspect that the reading describes was the rise of the people ofAndalusia. These were some of the people ruled by Arabs, who hadestablished the Muslim kingdom in the Spanish land. The people ofAndalusia were conquered by the Arabs in their mission ofestablishing the vast Moorish empire over Spain. The text statesthat, “….nature for their habitation, which the Arabs alwayscalled "Andalus," and we shall call Andalusia,” as a wayof describing Andalusia differently (Lane-Poole23). These were some of the people that were conquered and ruledharshly by the Moorish conquerors (Lane-Poole23). The people of Andalusia were able to later on shake off the ruleof the Islamic conquerors.
Anotheraspect that comes out from the book is the role of religion in theMoorish empire. The Spaniards were Christians and other pagan as theyhad not accepted Christianity. While the Christians faced the threatof losing their religion, the pagans were not concerned aboutreligion. During the conquest of the land by the moors, the concernof many, pagans and Christians alike, was not more on losingreligion, but more on having the peace to live their lives. “Whatthey wanted was, not a creed, but the power to live their lives inpeace and prosperity. This, their Moorish masters gave them”(Lane-Poole23). The Moorish empire rulers gave them this freedom. This perhapswas the reason why the Moorish empire rulers were able to control thekingdom, yet they were Islam.
Thebattle against Muslims as fronted by Roderick illustrates the defeatof the Christian leaders, giving the Muslims a way to conquer theentire Iberian Peninsula. The legend of Roderick illustrates the endof the Christian generals as commonly known as the last king of theGoths. To the Muslims, there was a war they had to win so that theycan control the kingdom. They believed that there was to be no escapein the war for Allah (Lane-Poole6). This shows the establishment of the Moorish empire in Spain asillustrated by the vulnerability of the Christians in the hands ofthe Muslim conquerors.
Lane-Poole,Stanley. TheStory of the Moors in Spain. NewYork: Cosimo, Inc., 2010, Print, Reading Provided