The Muslim Influence

The Muslim influence can still today be observed in the Portuguese culture, namely in the number of words that made their way through the Latin matrix of the language.

Other aspects of the Portuguese culture were obviously influenced by the Muslims, especially in the south of Portugal, where their presence was felt for longer. One shouldn’t, though, exaggerate that influence, considering that the Muslim invaders were scarce in their numbers and came as lords of the land. Most of the peasant stratus remained the same, kept their own language, and remained Christian under muslim rule (they were called moçarabes).

Cathedral of Beja, city of southern Portugal.
The Muslim influence is evident in this exemple of the gothic style.

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