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.
- The Making of Portugal
- The Muslim Influence
- The Age of Discoveries
- The Decline of the Eastern Empire and the Spanish Domination
- The Restoration of Independence and the Brazilian Cycle
- The Pombaline Wave of Development
- The Peninsular Wars and the Liberal Revolution
- The Parliamentary Regime – the First Wave of Industrialization
- The Crisis at the End of the 19th century and the Spread of Republicanism
- The First Republic
- The Advent of the Authoritarian Regime
- The Democratic Process