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Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain, 1492-1614 Paperback – 2 Feb 2017

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (2 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849048010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849048019
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 3.8 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Who remembers the last survivors of Muslim Spain, whom Spaniards contemptuously called Moriscos ('little Moors')? Impressive research on them has appeared in the last 30 years, yet until now, none of it has escaped beyond the walls of the academic ghetto. Matthew Carr's well-balanced and comprehensive book brings the story of their tragic fate to a wider public. . . Splendid.' --The New York Times Book Review

'An estimated 350,000 Muslims were forced to abandon their homes; many died on the journey to the ships that would take them to North Africa, and many others were terrorized, raped, robbed and killed by forces that were supposed to protect them. Carr deftly narrates the complex events leading up to this little-known but horrific episode as a warning against religious intolerance and xenophobia.' --Publishers Weekly

'A fascinating account of perhaps the first major episode of European ethnic cleansing and, just as importantly, the story of the beginning of the conviction that "blood" matters more than belief; a conviction that led, in the end, to modern racism. In an age when so many people, on both 'sides', believe we face an historic confrontation between Christendom and Islam, it is essential to place the relations between these two global Abrahamic religions in a wider historical framework. This book does that eloquently and judiciously.' --Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton University

About the Author

Matthew Carr is a writer, broadcaster, and journalist whose work has appeared in The Observer, The Guardian, The New Statesman and on BBC Radio. In 1990 he wrote a memoir about his relationship with his father, 'My Father's House', which was published by Hamish Hamilton to excellent reviews, and he is also the author of 'Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration' and 'The Infernal Machine: A History of Terrorism'. He lives in Derbyshire.

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