The current study investigates the representation of the Islamic past in contemporary Spanish and Portuguese tourism by examining tourism websites for two comparable national monuments: the Alhambra in Granada, Spain and Silves Castle in Silves, Portugal. The examined representations privilege a particular historical narrative and perspective of the Moorish expulsion, as well as a separation from the Islamic past during the creation of both nation states. In particular, both nation states' Islamic past is largely reinvented in such a way that it appears to have had little impact on the nations themselves. The implications of such narratives for the contemporary advancement of an inclusive European identity are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-202
Number of pages12
JournalTourism, Culture and Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014


  • European Union
  • Islam
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Tourism discourse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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