What is the legacy?

The memory of the “Reconquest”: Moors and Christians

From the 17th century onwards, the memory and the image of Muslims and Moriscos have been preserved and presented in different ways. A good example of this is the festival of Moors and Christians, celebrated in many towns and cities of Spain, particularly in the Valencian Community. These festivals commemorate battles and clashes between Moors and Christians in a romantic way. However, they ignore the reality and complexity of Moorish society at that time.

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In these festivals, the Moor is portrayed with all the alleged “eastern” characteristics: exotic, sensual, admired for his courage as a warrior but also treacherous, violent and cruel because he wants to seize territories away from the Christians.