Blurring Subjecthood in Imperial Al-Andalus
This chapter examines the history of imperial Al-Andalus or Muslim Spain or Islamic Iberia which covers the area of present-day Spain and Portugal. It discusses the myths surrounding the Arab invasion of Hispania which was under the rule of Visigothic King Roderic at the time. It suggests that while the Umayyads never set out to build an empire nor did they admit to being a secular imperial power, there is no denying that the caliphate had all the essential qualities of an empire. This chapter also considers the annexation of the Iberian Peninsula by the Umayyad Caliphate and the problem of defining subjecthood in the caliphate.
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