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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: Boston : Little, Brown and Company, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Undoing the familiar notion of the Middle Ages as a period of religious persecution and intellectual stagnation, Menocal brings us a portrait of a medieval culture where literature, science, and tolerance flourished for 500 years. The story begins as a young prince in exile--the last heir to an Islamic dynasty--founds a new kingdom on the Iberian peninsula: al-Andalus. Combining the best of what Muslim, Jewish, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Rosa Menocal
ISBN: 9780316566889 0316566888
OCLC Number: 51163915
Notes: Includes a reading group guide.
Description: xvi, 315 pages, [8] pages of plates, [12] pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Beginnings --
A brief history of a first-rate place --
The palaces of memory --
The mosque and the palm tree : Cordoba 786 --
Mother tongues : Cordoba, 855 --
A grand vizier, a grand city : Cordoba, 949 --
The 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.
Responsibility: María Rosa Menocal.

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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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