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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 : Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company, ©2002.
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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 9780316168717 0316168718
OCLC Number: 51163915
Notes: Includes a reading group guide.
Description: xvi, 315 p., [8] p. of plates, [12] p. : ill., 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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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 Christian cultures had to offer, al-Andalus and its successors influenced the rest of Europe in dramatic ways, from the death of liturgical Latin and the spread of secular poetry, to remarkable feats in architecture, science, and technology. The glory of the Andalusian kingdoms endured until the Renaissance, when Christian monarchs forcibly converted, executed, or expelled non-Catholics from Spain.

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