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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816660808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816660803
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,462,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We Are All Moors excited me for its implications. The range is superb and reading it is a pleasure—Anouar Majid dances across continents, taking a thread and seeing what comes of it. It reminds us of histories long forgotten, and provides a useful way to look back to help understand the present." —Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World


"Majid draws much-needed comparisons between events leading to atrocities like the Spanish Inquisition and present attitudes and trends, including growing disdain for Muslims in Europe and Hispanics in the U.S. Further, he shows how nations are strengthened by the acceptance and integration of the foreign (as is the trend, following initial xenophobic fits, in the U.S.), while cultural expulsion and/or cleansing hurts people and states (as in Germany's post-WWII ‘occupation and dismemberment’). With this intriguing historical analysis, Majid sounds a clear warning against the West's latest slide toward cultural scapegoating." —Publishers Weekly


"An alternative history of European xenophobia that will stimulate and provoke readers across the political spectrum. This work will generate criticism and conversation; it will be taken up by intellectual reading clubs as well as graduate seminars and should be made available to all academic audiences as well as informed readers." —Library Journal

Book Description

In 1609 King Philip III ordered the expulsion of all Moriscos—Spaniards of Muslim descent—from Spain in an ongoing attempt to establish a homogeneous state and remove the last vestiges of Islam from his nation. Four centuries later, Spain and Europe are once again outraged by the presence of Islam within their borders, and, for many, the millions of Muslim immigrants now living there pose a fundamental challenge to European identity. Across the Atlantic Ocean, the vast Hispanic community in the United States, both legal and illegal, has raised similar fears. Exacerbated by globalization and 9/11, these nativist, anti-Islamic, and broadly anti-immigrant attitudes fatally undermine meaningful dialogue and progress essential to creating a more peaceful and just world.

In We Are All Moors, Anouar Majid contends that the acrimonious debates about immigration and Islam in the West are the cultural legacy of the conflict between Christians and Moors. Offering a groundbreaking new history of the West’s perception and treatment of minority cultures, Majid explores how “the Moor” emerged as the archetypal Other against which Europe would define itself and the ways in which the characteristics attributed to this quintessential minority—racial inferiority, religious impurity, cultural incompatibility—would be reapplied to other non-European and non-Christian peoples: Native Americans, black Africans, Jews, and minority immigrant communities, among others.

The Moor, Majid reveals, has served as an unacknowledged but potent metaphor for all minority peoples in the West, endlessly reincarnated by the majority. Only by recognizing the connections between current fears about immigration and Islam and medieval Christianity’s crusade against the Moor, he argues, can we begin to redress centuries of oppression, learn from the tragedies of the past, and find common ground in a globalized world.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roger Green on October 25, 2009
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I knew nothing about this book, chanced on it on Amazon, and ordered it. I feared the worst - a dry hard to read book written by an academic. But I couldn't put it down. I am now re-reading it to absorb the details. It is well-written. It is well-documented but skillfully. Unobtrusive numbers lead to notes in the back which provide the references. The ones I know are good ones.

I should say that I know something about the subject. Though a scientist all my professional life, I have had a side interest in history of religion for a long time and in retirement I have studied it heavily. Last year I led off an Oxford Round Table on a related subject. I thought I knew all about the Islamic period in Spain (Andalusia) and about the "Christian" Reconquest and the shameful events that immediately followed it. I learned a lot more from this book, but I especially learned about the context of it and the pattern of events that grew out of it and affect us right up to today. I knew something about Muslims in early American history, for example I had read Sylvanie Diouf's 1998 book "Servants of Allah: African muslims enslaved in the Americas", but this book opened my eyes to not only Muslims among black slaves including some whose abilities were recognized by their masters and rose to responsible positions, but also to Muslims among early explorers of the American West and the moorish racial and cultural component of the Spanish in Mexico. His views on current American political dynamics related to actual and imagined Muslims are fascinating and - to me - convincing. Those who don't know of the historical closeness of Jews and Muslims, in their own perceptions and in the prejudices of others toward them, should read this book.

I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ayman on October 11, 2010
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We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and Other Minorities by Anouar Majid is a must-read for all immigrants and civil rights activists in Europe and North America.

I've previously reviewed A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent is Vital to Islam and America by Professor Anouar. I also have his book, Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and Difference in the Post-Andalusian Age, which I now have renewed impetus to read and review.

We Are All Moors is organized into an introduction, four chapters and a conclusion. The introduction lays out the thesis that the Iberian Peninsula's unified kingdoms of Aragon and Castile began the modern era of the nation-state with the policy of religious and ethnic purification and that the archetype Moors can represent groups all around Europe and North America which governments have viewed as obstacles to consolidation of the purified policy.

Chapter 1 examines the case of the Muslims and Jews in Spain. Professor Anouar amasses documentary evidence of this process. Each is astounding, and this characteristic throughout the entire book makes the book both enjoyable and difficult to summarize. For example, Professor Anouar documents how religion transformed into ethnicity, so that even the Christian descendants of Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula were subject to the state's sanctions. I also did not know that the Muslims were not expelled in 1492, but rather they persevered in the Iberian Peninsula openly for decades and secretly for longer and in the fears of the state for centuries.

Chapter 2, entitled "New World Moors," narrates stories of Muslims and those mistaken for Muslims in the Americas.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Korn on August 5, 2009
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This book, although fascinating and well written, seems to have a hidden agenda of promoting the one world globalist economic agenda of the Internationalist and Illuminatist Banking Elites.

It rightly decries racism and prejudice, and documents how nationalism almost always is constructed on the backs of one or more groups of "despised others" who are different either in terms of race, religion, or language.

It presents a fascinating thesis that the origin of all modern day nationalistic xenophobia stems from the persecution by Catholic Spain of its Jewish and Moslem minorities. It also describes in terrible detail the travail of the Spanish Moslems, who were expelled in 1609 in the greatest act of ethnic cleansing in European history.

It also reveals great ironies of history, whereby the original organs of nationalistic racism, Spain and Catholicism, today are cast in the reverse role of the persecuted by the racist Anglo-Saxon American elites who seek to persecute Hispanic immigrants and their Catholic defenders.

But the alternative the author presents seems a bit too glib. He praises the right of oppressed groups to migrate across national borders without restriction to seek better jobs, but he never stops to consider the unfair economic policies promoted by the Internationalist Banksters and their corporate agents that disenfranchise these people in the first place. Even worse, he never tells us that these Banksters seek to recreate a world in which a tiny minority of wealthy elite live off the virtual economic enslavement of the vast majority of everyone else, and that their aim is to impose upon the US such a third world scenario.
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