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Migration and DisruptionsToward a Unifying Theory of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations$
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Brenda J. Baker and Takeyuki Tsuda

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060804

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060804.001.0001

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Religious Disruption and the Islamic Conquest of Andalucía

Religious Disruption and the Islamic Conquest of Andalucía

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(p.52) 3 Religious Disruption and the Islamic Conquest of Andalucía
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Migration and Disruptions
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Sonia Zakrzewski

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060804.003.0003

The historiography of Moorish Iberia, following the Islamic conquest in AD 711, has been written using multiple voices and multiple “histories,” reflecting the diverse melting pot of people with different faiths, ethnicities, languages and customs. The period of Spanish history comprising the Islamic period has been viewed varyingly as a “lost civilization,” an aberration, or a period of scientific and cultural blossoming. Bioarchaeological study can develop this historiography by adding nuance to the understanding of the composition of the Spanish population of the period, furthering the identification of population disruption and conjunction. Focusing on Islam, this chapter explores the bioarchaeological recognition of religion and religious practice, thereby enabling migration and the associated disruption to the medieval Spanish population to be characterized.

Keywords:   Migration, Disruption, Religion, Bioarchaeology, Historiography, Iberia, Islam

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