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[文化博览] 【整理】2012-10-24 风情南西班牙 The Moorish South —2

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[Homework]【整理】2012-10-24 风情南西班牙 The Moorish South —2

Right at the tip of Southern Spain, a huge rock explodes out of the Mediterranean. But the rock isn't Spanish, it's British. And long before Britain owned it, the Rock of Gibraltar belonged to another foreign power, a power that ruled it for nearly 800 years.

On the 30th of April of the year 711, an Arab general named Tariq ibn Ziyad sailed across these waters from North Africa with an army of 5,000 Arab and North African soldiers and invaded Gibraltar. He gave the rock its name Jebel Tariq, Tariq's mountain. And he used it as the launch pad for the Islamic conquest of Christian Spain.

Just 25,000 troops marched across the country, building fortifications as they went. After just three years, the invasion was complete. Only the far-flung provinces of the extreme north resisted, protected by impassable mountains. But the rest of Spain, was now part of a vast Islamic empire, which reached as far as India. Even its name was changed from Spain to Al-Andalus. And its new rulers were an assortment of Arabs, North Africans, Egyptians and Syrians, the Moors.

Now Spain was pretty much used to being conquered by foreign invaders over the centuries, the Romans, the Celts, and the Visigoths had all had a goal of ruling this vast land, by all accounts, the primitive peoples of Spain had been a bit of a soft touch. But you might have been forgiven for thinking the collision between Muslim invaders and Christian people would have some fairly explosive results. And there wasn't an explosion, what of the kind you might expect, it was an explosion of art.


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right the tip of the southern Spain, a huge rock explodes out the mediteranean, but the
rock isn't the Spanish, it's british, and long before Britain entered it, the rock of
Gibraltar belonged to another foreign power, a power that ruled it nearly 800 years,

on the 30th of April in the year 711, a Arabic general name, Tariq Ibn-Ziyad, sailed
across these waters from north africa, with an army of 5000 Arab-northern africa
soldiers, and invaded Gibraltar, he gave the rock its name, Jibal Tariq, Tariq is
mountain, and he used it as the launcher pad for the islamic conquest of Christian
Spain.

just 25,000 troops marched across the country, building the fortifications as they
went. after just 3 years, their invasion was complete, only the far land provinces
of extreme north resisted, protected by impassible mountians, but the rest of Spain
was now a part of a vast islamic empire, which reached as far as the India, even its
name was changed from Spain to Alandalus, and its new rulers was an assortment of
Arabs, north africans and Egyptians and Syrians, the Moors.

Now Spain was pretty much used to be conquered by foreign invaders over the centuries,
the Romans, the Celts and the Visigoath, and all had a goal of ruling this vast land,
by all the accounts, the primitive people of Spain have been a bit of soft touch,
But you might have been forgiven for thinking of the collision between the muslim
invaders and Christain people would have some fairly explosive result, and there wasn't
an explosion, not the kind that you might expect, it was an explosion of art..
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