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The Moors

Who were the Moors?

 Muslims living in Spain and Portugal

 Arab, Spanish, and Amazigh (Berber)


origin

Source:
Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Moor.” Encyclopædia Britannica,
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 18 July 2018, www.britannica.com/topic/Moor-
people.
Where did the Moors come from?

 The Moors came from countries bordering the


Mediterranean Sea

 Includes: Sicily, Malta, Spain, Portugal, and North


Africa

Source: Moors in the European


Renaissance, Africans in Europe, Moorish
Europe, www.taneter.org/moors2.html.
What were the Moors doing in Europe in the 16th century?

 Either convert to Christianity or face exile

 Persecuted in Spain if suspected


of practicing old beliefs

 King Phillip III eventually expelled all


Moors from Spain

Source: Moors in the


European Renaissance, Africans in
Europe, Moorish Europe,
www.taneter.org/moors2.html.
Religious and Cultural Practices of the Moors

 Most Moors were Muslim

 Some converted to Christianity


in Spain

 The Moors were talented


musicians and architects

Source: “Culturally Muslim in Medieval and Early Modern Spain.” -


A Review of Books in History, Religion & Culture, 3 Aug. 2018,
marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/being-culturally-muslim/.