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This introductory chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book The Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain: A Mediterranean Diaspora are organized. The book contains two parts and presents Pedro Aznar Cardona's eye-witness account of the Moriscos' departure from the Iberian Peninsula. Part one deals with the identity of the protagonists, the nature of the debate, the role played by different members of the government, the Catholic Church, the religious orders or the Vatican. Part two follows the traces of what happened after the Expulsion, i.e. it looks at the Morisco diaspora throughout the Mediterranean region and considers the Expulsion from the viewpoint of contemporary Mediterranean societies. The book shows to what extent the Morisco issue ceased to be a local, Spanish problem and reviews Moriscos' apostasy and the survival among them of Islamic belief.

Keywords: apostasy; Catholic Church; Expulsion; Islamic belief; Mediterranean diaspora; Moriscos; Pedro Aznar Cardona; Spain; Vatican



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