Robert Irwin is the Middle East Editor of the Times Literary Supplement. His recent books include Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography and Wonders Will Never Cease, a novel.
 (March 2019)

IN THE REVIEW

The Contested Legacy of Muslim Spain

Muhammad XII, also known as Boabdil, the last Muslim ruler of Granada, leaving the city in 1492 after its conquest by Ferdinand and Isabella; detail of an altarpiece in the Royal Chapel of the Cathedral of Granada, sixteenth century

Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain

by Brian A. Catlos
The historiography of medieval Spain is an academic battleground on which historians and other intellectuals pick over elements of the country’s past that might support one or another version of its national identity. The question of national identity became acute during and after the Spanish Civil War. In 1943 the …