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The Handless Maiden:
Moriscos and the Politics of Religion in Early Modern Spain
Mary Elizabeth Perry

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"This is a rare, sympathetic look into the lives of the Moriscos--those Muslims and their descendants who remained in Spain after the completion of the Spanish Christian reconquest in 1492 and who were then forcibly baptized. . . . Perry is the first author to devote a book to Morisco women, and she succeeds by letting them speak for themselves."--Robert W. Lebling, Saudi Aramco World


"This wonderful book presents a novel and insightful reading of an important part of Morisco history, and does so in a clear and engaging way. Focusing on a series of watershed events for Morisco life in southwestern Spain, the author addresses topics of great importance to historians of early modern Spain and Europe while also offering valuable insights to readers more interested in the modern era. Her intersecting of the Moriscas' history into the wider history of Muslim life and Spanish society is remarkable."--Teofilo F. Ruiz, University of California, Los Angeles, author of From Heaven to Earth: The Reordering of Castilian Society, 1150-1350

"In her often compelling, moving, and richly detailed exploration of the experience of Morisco women (Moriscas), Mary Elizabeth Perry recovers their voices and lives, which were in many ways silenced and obscured by an oppressive state and the Moriscos' own patriarchal society. In showing why the Moriscas were paradigmatic for all Morisco experience, she offers new perspectives on Morisco accommodation and resistance."--Mark D. Meyerson, University of Toronto, author of A Jewish Renaissance in Fifteenth-Century Spain and The Muslims of Valencia in the Age of Fernando and Isabel

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