Through the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco and the Iberian Peninsula have traditionally been inextricably linked. Today, Morocco is one of the few countries that keeps the traditions of Al-Andalus alive. This history has a special place in the historical, cultural and spiritual heritage of the country. Located in the far West of the Islamic world, Morocco is known throughout the world as a unique country with its geographical, historical and cultural diversity.
On January 2, 1492, the city of Granada falls. This puts a definitive end to Al- Andalus and the political power of the Muslims on the Iberian Peninsula. On March 31, Isabella and Ferdinand sign the Edict of Expulsion. All Jews are forced to convert to Catholicism or are given four months to leave the country. Finally, between 1609 and 1614, the last Moriscos are expelled from Spain.
Andalusian Muslims and Sephardic Jews build a new existence in North Africa. They bring new influences to Morocco and enrich the already existing traditions. The refugees from the Iberian Peninsula experience similar feelings in exile and remember their homeland, ancestors and past in a common way. Gradually, they integrate into Moroccan society while preserving their unique Andalusian culture, traditions and identity. Often they marry within their own Andalusian communities formed in Morocco. Their heritage has been passed on from generation to generation. To this day, the consciousness of their Andalusian identity has remained alive among their descendants. They are the Children of Al-Andalus.
Children of Al-Andalus: A Lost Paradise in Morocco is a comprehensive project of personal stories of Andalusian Muslims and Sephardic Jews in Morocco.