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Muslim Mexican-Moors Minorities Mish-Mash ? Spain-Andalus
on November 14, 2011
(reduced comments by Stephen Schwartz from the `Middle East Quarterly', Fall 2011): "We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and Other Minorities" by Anouar Majid, (2009). "... is an overly ambitious, rambling, error-strewn, and otherwise contrived book, attempting a meditation on the clash of civilizations. In reality, of course, almost none of us are Moors. ... "Moor" might denote a Mauretanian or other black African Muslim, but the conquerors who established al-Andalus [Muslim Spain] were Arabs and Berbers, not Mauretanians. Majid... has constructed a general history of the past half-millennium, in which the expulsion of Muslims from Spain is treated as a kind of historical original sin that may be expanded to explain anti-Jewish prejudice, the Atlantic slave trade, social distinctions among Israeli Jews, and just about everything else that can be connected artificially with Western "hegemony." The effect is to condemn all such interactions as expressions of a "Crusader" mentality which, Majid argues, must be thoroughly repudiated for the sake of the world's salvation... Such a product, as a cry of complaint and nothing more, offers no fresh insights or information, and will be of no use to scholars of Islam or Muslim relations with non-Muslim communities.... [Stephen Schwartz is a principal investigator at the 'Center for Islamic Pluralism' and the author of "The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism"].