Spanish Mudéjar (from Arabic mudajjan, "permitted to remain"), any of the Muslims who remained in Spain afterd the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula (11.th-15th century). In return for the payment of a poll tax, the Mudejars were a protected minority, allowed to retain their own religion, language, and customs. Headed by leaders asigned by the local Christian princess, they formed separate communities and quarters in lager towns, where they were subject to their own Muslims laws.
By the 13th century the Mudejars, most of whom converted to Islam after the Arab invasion of Spain, began to abandon their Arabic for the Spanish spoken by the Christians though theyalway wrote it in Arabic characters, giving rise to their characteristic aljamiado literature.
As highly skilled craftsmen, the Mudejars were also responsible for an extremely successful blending of Arabic and Spanish artistic elements: a Mudejar style. The Mudejar hand is also evident in the ornamentation of wood and ivory, metalwork, ceramics, textiles and pottery.
A lot of the monuments are conserved in Spain, and specially in our Comarca of the Axarquia. The "ruta Mudejar" is including of the following villages: Arenas, Archez, Salares, Sedella and Canillas de Aceituno. I personally add Velez-Malaga because it has the mayor number of Mudejar buildings.
I want to appologize myself to the masters of those time for trying to construct "touristics houses" without thir advice. I really admire those people who made this art possible.
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