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The Conversion Of The Moorish Knights

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Conversion processes can be individual or collective, free or imposed, and no case necessarily involves the complete renunciation of a previous way of life or an immediate transformation of the social environment of the convert or converts. The Moorish guard provides extraordinary material for the study of specific cases of voluntary changes of religion in the period before the mass conversions of Muslims imposed during the reign of the Catholic Kings, although this apparent freedom should not make us forget the obvious pressures to which Mudejars were subjected in Castile. This chapter focuses on the factors that enabled a well-defined group of Muslims to integrate in Christian society through the practice of an elite profession that was of special interest to the Crown.

Keywords: Castile; Christianity; Islam; Moorish Knights; Mudejars



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