This timely and stimulating Handbook, edited by world-class experts in the field, provides a comprehensive guide to Islamic Studies today. It examines the main issues in the field and explores the key debates. It provides readers with an indispensable, balanced guide to the roots of Islam and the challenges it faces in the twenty-first century.

Andalusian Jurist, Berber Commander, and Mozarab Rebel: Understanding Iberia's Islamic Experience

Andalusian jurist, Berber commander, and Mozarab rebel: Understanding Iberia's Islamic experience


In the late spring of 1126, Ibn Rushd al-Jadd, one of Islamic Spain's leading religious and legal authorities, left his native Cordoba on what would be the final trip of his life. A series of events over the last year had shaken the stability of the region and urged the famous muft? (jurisconsult) to travel across the Strait of Gibraltar, to Marrakech, where he could advise, in person, the leader of the empire to which he was loyal. In September of the previous year, Alfonso I, known as ‘el Batallador‘ (the Battler) of Aragon, set out from Saragossa with 4,000 knights. His principal aim ...

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