The Religious Beliefs Of Spain

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English 6
09 March 2016
Religion in Spain
Muhammad Ali previously stated, “Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths.” (qtd. Brainyquote.com) From King Philip III secretly expelling all Muslims in Spain and Iberia, to the torturing of converts, and the harsh acts against Jews, Spain has indeed experienced many religions. Throughout the years, the religious beliefs of Spain have changed, whether they were good or bad adjustments. Even though some countries of the world have had a less violent religious history, Spain 's past has formed it into a country housing various forms of worship and beliefs, having had experienced Catholicism,
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Christians, in other words all of Spain, were pushed under the Moors’ ruling in the first several years of the eighth century. These Christians were called Mozarabic Christians, and were still allowed to keep their religion. Even under the Muslims’ leadership, Christianity stayed the main belief in Spain. The Alhambra in Gránada was a fort and castle that protected Christians from uncivil acts of the Moors. Proof of the Muslims’ ruling was the Grand Mosque in Córdoba, which is now a cathedral.
After the Moors’ reign of Spain, the Christians gained back their former country. King
Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled the last Muslims in Gránada, finishing up in 1492. The king and queen forced all the Muslims and Jews to convert to Christianity, or leave Spain like the other religious people. This was known as the Inquisition. The Catholic Church and Spain tortured the Jewish and Muslim converts to ensure that they were Christian. This would now be know as an “ethnic cleansing.”
Like most religions in Spain, Christians had long been jealous of the Jews. In fact, the
Catholic Church taught that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ.The Jewish people had been prospering economically, so the Christians felt the need to get rid of them. Indeed these people were kicked out of Spain in 1492 and never officially invited back for four hundred years. Spaniards were so against Jews that anti-Semitism graffiti was created. There were even
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