Go to AfricaBib home

Go to AfricaBib home Islam in Africa Go to database home

bibliographic database
Previous page New search

The free AfricaBib App for Android is available here

Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Muslim conquest and settlement of North Africa and Spain
Author:Taha, 'Abdulwahid Dhanun
Series:Exeter arabic and islamic series; 3
City of publisher:London; New York
Geographic terms:Spain
Northern Africa
Northeast Africa
Subjects:Islamic history
Abstract:In the seventh and eighth centuries, the Muslim Arabs conquered large areas of North Africa and then, with the help of their former adversaries in North Africa, the Berbers, gained a decisive victory over the Visigoths in Spain. This book, based on Arabic and other sources, describes the process of conquest and settlement, first depicting the lack of unity in North Africa and the corruption and insolvency in Spain that made the advance possible. It provides a classification of the Arab and Berber settlers in Spain by tribal origin, area of settlement and time of entry. It emphasizes the importance of the economic and administrative relationship between North Africa and Spain. It charts the growing resentment of the early settlers in Spain with the restrictions on their autonomy imposed by the Governor-General of North Africa and the caliphate. It also describes the rising tensions between old and new settlers and between the different tribal groups, finally leading to the Berber revolt and Abdulrahm¯an's consolidation of power towards the end of the Umayyad caliphate.