The Truth About "Progressive" Islamic Spain

A controversial topic is Islamic Spain, as many people today often claim that it was very progressive, almost making it seem like it was a multicultural state by 21st century standards. But this claim is historically incorrect. Spain was once the Christian Visigoth kingdom before the Islamic conquest in the eighth century. Many people today often assume that this brought a golden period of mutual tolerance among the three Abrahamic faiths under Islamic rule. However, this is not historically correct, as according to some historians, it is wrong to assume that Al-Andalus was "tolerant" by 21st century standards. The Islamic conquest of Hispania was filled with atrocities, created a state of constant warfare in the region, and Christians as well as Jews were "inferior" to Muslims.

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