The Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain

A Mediterranean Diaspora


The expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain (1609-1614) represents an important episode of ethnic, political and religious cleansing which affected about 300,000 persons. The controversial measure was legimitized by an ideology of religious and political unity that served to defend the expulsion of them all, crypto-Muslims and sincere converts to Christianity alike. The first part focuses on the decision to expel the Moriscos, its historical context and the role of such institutions as the Vatican and the religious orders, and nations such as France, Italy, the Dutch Republic, Morocco and the Ottoman Empire. The second part studies the aftermath of the expulsion, the forced migrations, settlement and Diaspora of the Moriscos, comparing their vicissitudes with that of the Jewish conversos.
Contributors are Youssef El Alaoui, Rafael Benítez Sánchez Blanco, Luis Fernando Bernabé Pons, Paulo Broggio, Miguel Ángel de Bunes Ibarra, Antonio Feros, Mercedes García-Arenal, Jorge Gil Herrera,Tijana Krstić, Sakina Missoum, Natalia Muchnik, Stefania Pastore, Juan Ignacio Pulido Serrano, James B. Tueller, Olatz Villanueva Zubizarreta, Bernard Vincent, and Gerard Wiegers.
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Biographical Note

Mercedes García-Arenal, Ph.D. (1976), Complutense Madrid, is Research Professor at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid. Gerard Wiegers, Ph.D. (1991) Leiden University, is Professor of Religious Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam. Both have published monographs and many articles on the Muslim West, and in particular on Muslim and Jewish minorities. They have collaborated for more than twenty years, and amongst other books they co-authored A Man of Three Worlds. Samuel Pallache. A Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe (Johns Hopkins UP 2003 and translations).

Review Quotes

"By recontextualizing the unhappy events of 1609–14 in an international context and by demonstrating what a diasporic approach might mean for interpreting the expulsion of the Moriscos, The Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain will surely occupy a prominent place within the expanding scholarly literature in English on Spain’s Morisco minority. It should find a ready readership among the growing number of anglophone students and scholars interested in early modern Iberia and the Muslim world, the encounter between Islam and Christianity, and relations between cultural and religious minorities and majorities."
A. Katie Harris (University of California, Davis), in: Renaissance Quarterly LXIX (2016).

" The Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain provides a learned addition to the expanding scholarship on minority-minority and minority-majority relations in Spain...These innovative essays will be of interest to students and scholars of Hispanic, Sephardic and Islamic Studies, as well as to students of Early Modern Europe."
Jane S. Gerber (The Graduate Center of the City University of New York), in: Bulletin of Spanish Studes XCIV (2017).

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbrevations and Note on Transcription
List of frequently used terms
List of Contributors

Mercedes García-Arenal and Gerard Wiegers

Part I. The Expulsion. Preparations, Debates, and Process
1: The Geography of the Morisco Expulsion: A Quantitative Study
Bernard Vincent
2: The Expulsion of the Moriscos in the Context of Philip III’s Mediterranean Policy
Miguel Ángel de Bunes Ibarra
3: Rhetorics of the Expulsion
Antonio Feros
4: The Religious Debate in Spain
Rafael Benítez Sánchez Blanco
5: The Vatican’s Position towards the Expulsion
Stefania Pastore
6: The Religious Orders and the Expulsion of the Moriscos: Doctrinal Controversies and Hispano-Papal Relations
Paolo Broggio
7: The Unexecuted Plans for the Eeradication of Jewish Heresy in the Hispanic Monarchy and the Example of the Moriscos: The Thwarted Expulsion of the Judeoconversos
Juan Ignacio Pulido
8: The Moriscos Who Stayed Behind or Returned: Post-1609
James B. Tueller

Part II. The Morisco Diaspora
9: The Moriscos outside Spain: Routes and Financing
Luis F. Bernabé Pons and Jorge Gil Herrera
10 The Moriscos in France after the Expulsion: Notes for the History of a Minority
Youssef El Alaoui
11: Moriscos in Ottoman Galata, 1609-1620s
Tijana Krstić
12: The Moriscos in Morocco: from Granadan Emigration to the hornacheros of Salé”
Mercedes García-Arenal
13: Andalusi Immigration and Urban Development in Algiers (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries)
Sakina Missoum
14: The Moriscos in Tunisia
Olatz Villanueva Zubizarreta
15: The Expulsion of 1609-1614 and the Polemical Writings of the Moriscos Living in the Diaspora
Gerard Wiegers
16: Converted Jews and Moriscos in the Diaspora
Natalia Muchnik

General Bibliography
Index of places
Index of names


All interested in the history of the Muslim minorities in the Iberian Peninsula and the Muslim West in the Early Modern period, and their expulsion from Spain and Meditteranean Diaspora.


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