The Umayyad Regime

  • Roger Collins
Part of the New Studies in Medieval History book series (NSMH)


Córdoba under the Umayyads filled many of the role of Visigothic Toledo as royal residence, cultural centre and capital. It was, however, less strategically placed as far as the north of the peninsula was concerned, though it should be borne in mind that the Muslim rulers were more often interested in events in North Africa than in those in inaccessible Cantabria and the Asturias. The Umayyad court was not peripatetic in the way that the Visigothic one had been, although the amirs did on occasion command military operations in person in which event the entire population of Cordoba was required to evacuate the capital.1 Thus the complexities of social and racial divisions previously mentioned, the lack of close interrelation between the government in the capital and the provinces, and the re-emergence of a frontier zone within the peninsula, made the problems of order and the imposition of authority even more difficult for the Umayyads than they had been for their Roman and Visigothic predecessors.


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