Granada
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A suburb of the southern Iberian provincial seat of Elvira during the Roman, Visigothic, and Umayyad periods, Granada (Ar. Gharnāṭa) became a major city of al-Andalus in the eleventh century. It was the seat of the Berber Zirid kingdom of Granada during the taifa period (1013–1090) but fell into a decline during the Almoravid and Almohad periods, when it became economically and culturally secondary to Seville. It was the illustrious capital of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada from 1238 until 1492, when the city was conquered by the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella.

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Jonathan P. Decter, “Granada”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 26 May 2017
First published online: 2010



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