By Barbara Fuchs
In the Western mind's eye, Spain usually inspires the colourful tradition of al-Andalus, the Iberian quarter as soon as governed via Muslims. vacationer brochures inviting viewers to sunny and romantic Andalusia, domestic of the inventive gardens and complex arabesques of Granada's Alhambra Palace, should not the 1st texts to alternate on Spain's courting to its Moorish prior. regardless of the autumn of Granada to the Catholic Monarchs in 1492 and the following repression of Islam in Spain, Moorish civilization persisted to steer either the truth and the belief of the Christian country that emerged rather than al-Andalus.
In Exotic Nation, Barbara Fuchs explores the paradoxes within the cultural development of Spain with regards to its Moorish background via an research of Spanish literature, gown, language, structure, and chivalric practices. among 1492 and the expulsion of the Moriscos (Muslims forcibly switched over to Christianity) in 1609, Spain tried to come back to phrases with its personal Moorishness by means of at the same time repressing Muslim matters and appropriating their wealthy cultural background. Fuchs examines the categorical romanticization of the Moors in Spanish literature—often known as "literary maurophilia"—and the complicated, usually silent presence of Moorish kinds in Spanish fabric tradition. The large hybridization of Iberian tradition means that the sympathetic depiction of Moors within the literature of the interval doesn't alternate in exoticism yet as a substitute reminded Spaniards of where of Moors and their descendants inside Spain. in the meantime, observers from outdoor Spain well-known its cultural debt to al-Andalus, usually intentionally casting Spain because the unique racial different of Europe.