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The Arab Conquest of Spain: 710 - 797 (A History of Spain)

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This book, now available in paperback, is a challenging and controversial account of the history of Spain in the eighth century. In it Roger Collins assesses the political and cultural impact on Spain of the first hundred years of Arab rule, focusing upon aspects of continuity and discontinuity with Visigoth Spain.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 17th 1995 by Wiley-Blackwell
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Arbitrista
May 24, 2010 Arbitrista rated it liked it
This book undid several preconceptions I had about this period in history. Collins does an excellent job of forcing the reader to think through the improbabilities of elements of traditional Spanish historiography.
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Oct 19, 2011 Kymber marked it as to-read
I'm trying to write a paper about the Arab invasions of Spain. Does anyone think this will help me? I think I will try to focus on the influence on language or maybe just their culture in general. Will this help?
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A more up-to-date book, but only covers of the first century of Islamic Spain. However, Collins is the authority on early medieval Spain and so this is definitely worth reading.
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Roger J. H. Collins (born 1949) is an English medievalist, currently an honorary fellow in history at the University of Edinburgh.
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