Moors Dressed as Moors

Clothing, Social Distinction and Ethnicity in Early Modern Iberia

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Javier Irigoyen-Garcia
Toronto Iberic
  • Toronto, ON: 
    University of Toronto Press
    , April
     360 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In early modern Iberia, Moorish clothing was not merely a cultural remnant from the Islamic period, but an artefact that conditioned discourses of nobility and social preeminence.

In Moors Dressed as Moors, Javier Irigoyen-García draws on a wide range of sources: archival, legal, literary, and visual documents, as well as tailoring books, equestrian treatises, and festival books to reveal the currency of Moorish clothing in early modern Iberian society. Irigoyen-García’s insightful and nuanced analyses of Moorish clothing production and circulation shows that as well as being a sign of status and a marker of nobility, it also served to codify social tensions by deploying apparent Islamophobic discourses. Such luxurious value of clothing also sheds light on how sartorial legislation against the Moriscos was not only a form of cultural repression, but also a way to preclude their full integration into Iberian society. Moors Dressed as Moors challenges the traditional interpretations of the value of Moorish clothing in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Spain and how it articulated the relationships between Christians and Moriscos.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Javier Irigoyen-García is an associate professor of Spanish Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His previous work, The Spanish Arcadia, is also published by the University of Toronto Press.


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