His book translated into language, UNE’s Anouar Majid embarks on Spanish book tour

“We Are All Moors,” a book by Anouar Majid, Ph.D., vice president Global Affairs and director of the Center for Global Humanities at UNE, has just been translated into Spanish.

The translation comes as Majid embarks on a tour to discuss the book, which now includes a preface for Spanish-speaking readers.

Majid will present at the College of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain, on Wednesday, Oct. 27. On Oct. 28, Majid will present at the Vorágine Bookstore in Santander, Cantabria, Spain, and, the following day, he will be appear in Madrid at Duque de Alba Bookstore.

Majid’s book shows how the birth of the Western nation-state is based on acts of racism and argues that obsession with purity and social homogeneity is a direct inheritance of the brutal regime of exclusion established by the Spanish Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, which culminated in the expulsion of the Moriscos (descendant of the Moors) in 1609.

Because Spain was the first nation-state in history, the Moors became the prototype of all minorities in the centuries that followed, including gypsies, Indigenous Americans, Africans, Jews, Hispanics, and all types of so-called “undesirables.”

The Spanish publisher writes of Majid’s book: “In this exciting essay, the author delves into the construction of minorities as scapegoats, as unfaithful to the ‘holy body of the nation,’ and explains how the legacy of Spain under construction of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries must be understood in order to understand the ‘passion for genocide’ as a uniquely European phenomenon, born out of the amalgamation of religion and politics in the post-Andalusian world order.”

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