By Francisco Núñez Muley
Conquered in 1492 and colonized via invading Castilians, town and state of Granada confronted radical adjustments imposed through its occupiers during the first half the 16th century—including the pressured conversion of its local Muslim inhabitants. Written by way of Francisco N??ez Muley, one of the coerced Christian converts, this outstanding letter motels a clear-sighted, impassioned protest opposed to the unreasonable and strongly assimilationist legislation that required all switched over Muslims in Granada to decorate, communicate, devour, marry, have a good time gala's, and be buried precisely because the Castilian settler inhabitants did.Now on hand in its first English translation, N??ez Muley’s account is a useful instance of ways Spain’s former Muslims made lively use of the written note to problem and brazenly withstand the gradually illiberal guidelines of the Spanish Crown. well timed and resonant—given present debates pertaining to Islam, minorities, and cultural and linguistic assimilation—this variation offers students in various fields with a brilliant and early instance of resistance within the face of oppression.
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A project very similar to this has in fact been at the center of a wide body of critical work inspired by the historical theories of Américo Castro. Editor’s Introduction 35 produced by “subordinated others” writing from Spain and Portugal’s overseas colonies? The short answer is that we find many illuminative points in common. ”40 What results from such innovation and blending, according to Hanks, is a hybrid generic form that is ultimately inseparable from the socially and historically embedded activities in which it is produced and employed.
It also provides Editor’s Introduction 25 The last point that commands our attention in this section is presented by Mármol in his chapter on the process by which the decree of 1567 was developed (appendix 2). In specific terms, Mármol discusses Espinosa’s actions and possible motivations at the 1566 assembly in Madrid. He writes, at the very end of his chapter: This was the resolution that was taken in that assembly, although some thought that not all of the chapters should be put into effect all at once, given that the Moriscos were so attached to their customs, and that they would not feel the loss of these as acutely if they were deprived of them little by little.
Garrad, “The Original Memorial,” 200–201. 23 The Memorandum and Its Immediate Historical Context As we know, Francisco Núñez Muley conceived of his Memorandum as a letter of grievance to Pedro de Deza Manuel, the president of the Royal Audiencia of Granada. In this letter, Núñez Muley complains of a royal decree (pragmática) that had just been proclaimed on January 1 of that year. This decree emerged from an assembly (junta) headed by Diego de Espinosa (1513–1572), who as president of the Royal Council in Madrid had had much to do with Deza’s appointment to the presidency of the Royal Audiencia of Granada only months earlier.
A Memorandum for the President of the Royal Audiencia and Chancery Court of the City and Kingdom of Granada by Francisco Núñez Muley