Wednesday, February 08, 2006
The Muslims entered Spain in 711, the Berber Tarik. He arrived by way of North Africa, to Gibraltar, named then "Jabal (mount of) Tarik" - Gibraltar now. See the tip of the Rock of Gibraltar just behind the dome. It took only seven years to conquer the whole Iberian peninsula. They called Spain "Al Andalus" and was one of the centers of Muslim civilization.
In 1492, with the defeat of the Ottomans at Granada, many took refuge at Gibraltar, see ://www.sce.cornell.edu/cau/off_campus/courses.php?action=class&f=CLASSID&v=10506.