Blood & Faith The Purging Of Muslim Spai by Carr Matt
In 1609 the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory or else be killed. In a brutal and traumatic exodus entire families were forced to abandon the homes and villages where they had lived for generations. In just five years Muslim Spain had effectively ceased to exist: an estimated 300000 Muslims had been removed from Spanish territory making it what was then the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history.Blood and Faith is a riveting chronicle of this virtually unknown episode set against the vivid historical backdrop of Muslim Spain. It offers a remarkable window onto a little-known period in modern Europe-a rich and complex tale of competing faiths and beliefs of cultural oppression and resistance against overwhelming odds.