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At the end of the 16th century, a parchment containing a prophecy and a series of Arabic-language lead books were discovered in a former minaret and a hill just outside the city of Granada. The finds led to much discussion in Europe and beyond.

The writer Miguel de Cervantes alluded to it in his Quijote. Were they new sources for the earliest history of Christianity, as their defenders believed? In 1682, they were condemned by the Pope as heretical writings. In 2000, they were returned by the Vatican to Sacromonte Abbey in Granada.

Gerard Wiegers and Pieter Sjoerd van Koningsveld (emeritus professor of Islamology at Leiden University), with the permission of the archbishop of Granada, have published, translated and introduced a critical edition of all the original texts. These turn out to be very special Islamic writings, written by Moriscos, forcibly converted Muslims. The study has been published in open access and can be downloaded.

Prof. dr. G.A. (Gerard) Wiegers

Faculty of Humanities