L. P. Harvey, Muslims in Spain, 1500-1614 (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2005), 448 pp., ISBN 0 226 31963 6 (cloth). L. P. Harvey’s Muslims in Spain, 1500-1614 carries on from the author’s earlier volume Islamic Spain, 1250-1500 . The book’s main focus is the subject of the study; namely the Muslims of Spain. They, rather than the royal decrees of the Spanish and Portuguese monarchs, are the starting point of the narrative and its reference. The shift in perspective puts the main milestones of the Catholicization of Spain in a di ﬀ erent light. The book does not start with the conventional watershed of 1492 but instead with 1500 and continues to 1614 the date of the ﬁ nal expul- sion of Spain’s Muslims. This re ﬂ ects the author’s attitude in studying his subject not from the point of view of high politics but rather from the point of view of the people who were a ﬀ ected by, resisted, subverted and ultimately succumbed to these policies. The three main crisis scenes Harvey identi ﬁ es here are the revolt in the Alpujarras of 1500, the second revolt of the Alpujarras of 1568-70 and
Journal of Early Modern History – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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