History of the Moorish Empire in Europe (1904) by S. P. Scott (3 Volumes)

History of the Moorish Empire in Europe 

(3 Volumes)
History of the Moorish Empire in Europe


Samuel Parsons Scott, known as S. P. Scott, was an American attorney, banker and scholar. He was born in Hillsboro, Ohio, where he received a classics-based education at the Hillsboro Academy; 

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 This work has engaged the attention of the author for more than twenty years. Its object is an attempt to depict the civilization of that great race whose achievements in science, literature, and the arts have been the inspiration of the marvellous progress of the present age. 

The review of this widespread influence, whose ramifications extend to the limits of both Europe and America, has required the introduction of some matter apparently extraneous, but which, when considered in its general relations to the subject, will be found to be not foreign to the purpose of these volumes. 

The list of authorities cited does not, by any means, include all that have been examined. Many, from which comparatively few facts have been gleaned, have been omitted. Among the works that have been made the subject of careful research, and have yielded the most valuable information — in addition to the Arabic and Spanish chronicles — are those of Al-Makkari, Romey, Rossouw St. Hilaire, Le Bon,  and Casiri. The utter unreliability of Conde, who compiled the only detailed history of the Moors of Spain, is well known, and his statements have not been adopted except when amply verified. The histories of the late R. Dozy, Professor in the University of Leyden, which for learning, accuracy, impartiality, and critical acumen have few rivals in this branch of literature, have been the principal dependence of the author, who gladly takes this opportunity to acknowledge his obligations to the labours of one whose genius Peepace and attainments are recognized by every Oriental scholar in Europe. 


It may seem a work of supererogation to traverse once more a portion of the ground covered by Irving and Prescott. The final episode in the fall of a great empire could not, however, with propriety be omitted. Moreover, the accounts of these two famous writers swarm with errors, as anyone can readily discover who will consult the chronicles of Pulgar and Beraldez, eye-witnesses, and consequently the most re- liable authorities concerning what they relate. The quotations of Irving, it may be added, indicate a surprising want of familiarity with the Castilian language.

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