Columbus and the Islamic World

This essay is free to the public, but if you’re interested in reading more like it, along with nightly news updates on international affairs, analysis of US foreign policy, podcasts, and more, support Foreign Exchanges and subscribe today: Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day! As today is the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the “New World,” I thought it appropriate to examine his impact on the Old World—specifically on the part of the Old World controlled by Muslim powers in 1492. I wrote this essay many years ago at my previous website based on notes from various grad school lectures, and have since rewritten and beefed it up a bit with some additional material.

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