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The Expulsion Of The Muslims From Portugal: The Forgotten Persecution

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This chapter brings into focus the forgotten persecution that is the expulsion of the Muslim minority from Portugal. It presents the documentary evidence to support the claim that the Muslims were indeed expelled, a fact contested by one historian in the early twentieth century and that they migrated either to Castile or North Africa. From there the chapter proceeds to argue that there is strictly no evidence to claim that Spanish pressure underpinned Manuel's decision. It contends that the most plausible hypothesis is that it was an act of propaganda motivated by Manuel's concern to obtain papal sanction prior to resuming the war against the Muslim rulers of Morocco. The absence of marked anti-Muslim sentiment during the fifteenth century also makes it difficult to argue that Manuel may have been pandering to inflamed anti-Muslim sentiment in the Portuguese population.

Keywords: anti-Muslim sentiment; Castile; expulsion edict; forgotten persecution; king Manuel; Morocco; Muslim minority; papal sanction; Portugal

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