Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mousta Largo - Les Larmes de Boabdil

Beautiful song from the Maghrib, it's called The Tears of Boabdil. Boabdil was the last Emir of Granada and the fall of Granada in 1492 marked the end of any organised, political presence for Muslims in the Iberian pensinsula after almost 800 years, since the arrival of Tariq Bin Ziyad. It is said that as Boabdil and his family and entourage rode away from the city, he stopped at a hill, known today as the Moor's Hill, and looked back at his city one last time, giving out a sigh. It is also said that when he started to cry his mother scolded him, telling him that "It is right that you cry like a woman, for what you could not hold as a man." Ouch. Boabdil's daughter, Aisha, was not with them. Princess Aisha was baptised and taken as a mistress by King Ferdinand and bore him a son. When he tired of her she was sent to a convent where she lived out her remaining days as a nun. Such was the fate of the Andalus' last political dynasty.

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