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The ornament of the world : how Muslims, Jews, and Christians created a culture of tolerance in medieval Spain

Author: Maria Rosa Menocal
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Back Bay paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Overview: Widely hailed as a revelation of a "lost" golden age, this history brings to vivid life the rich and thriving culture of medieval Spain where, for more than seven centuries, Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, and literature, science, and the arts flourished.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Rosa Menocal
ISBN: 0316168718 9780316168717
OCLC Number: 183353253
Notes: Includes a reading group guide in back of book.
"April 2002 [i.e. 2012]"--Title page verso.
Corrected publication date from ReadingGroupGuides online site: August 27, 2012.
"Originally published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company, May 2002"--Title page verso.
Description: xvi, 315 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: List of maps --
Foreword / Harold Bloom --
A note on transliterations and non-English names --
Beginnings --
Brief history of a first-rate place --
The palaces of memory --
The mosque and the palm tree : Cordoba, 786 --
Mother tongues : Cordoba, 855 --
Grand vizier, a grand city : Cordoba, 949 --
Gardens of memory : Madinat al-Zahra, south of Cordoba, 1009 --
Victorious In exile : The battlefield at Argona, between Cordoba and Granada, 1041 --
Love and its songs : Niebla, just west of Seville, on the road to Huelva, August 1064 ; Barbastro, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, on the road to Saragossa, August 1064 --
The church at the top of the hill : Toledo, 1085 --
An Andalusian in London : Huesca, 1106 --
Sailing away, riding away : Alexandria, 1140 --
The abbot and the Quran : Cluny, 1142 --
Gifts: Sicily, 1236 ; Cordoba, 1236 ; Granada, 1236 --
Banned in Paris : Paris, 1277 --
Visions of other worlds : Avila, 1305 --
Foreign dignitaries at the courts of Castile : Seville, 1364 ; Toledo, 1364 --
In the Alhambra : Granada, 1492 --
Somewhere in La Mancha : 1605 --
Epilogue: Andalusian shards --
Postscript --
Other readings --
Thanks --
Index.
Other Titles: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians created a culture of tolerance in medieval Spain
Responsibility: María Rosa Menocal ; [foreword by Harold Bloom].

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' An illuminating and even inspiring work..By showing us what was lost Menocal reminds us of what might be.' - LOS ANGELES TIMES

 
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