The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise
Author: Darío Fernández-Morera
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-02-09
ISBN 10: 1504034694
ISBN 13: 9781504034692
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise Book Review:

Scholars, journalists, and politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain—“al-Andalus”—as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: it is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise shines light on hidden features of this medieval culture by drawing on an abundance of primary sources that scholars have ignored, as well as archaeological evidence only recently unearthed. This supposed beacon of peaceful coexistence began, of course, with the Islamic Caliphate’s conquest of Spain. Far from a land of tolerance, Islamic Spain was marked by religious and therefore cultural repression in all areas of life, and by the marginalization of Christians and other groups—all this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its “multiculturalism” and “diversity,” Fernández-Morera sets the record straight—showing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless.

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise
Author: Darío Fernández-Morera
Publsiher: Intercollegiate Studies Inst
Total Pages: 358
Release: 2016
ISBN 10: 9781610170956
ISBN 13: 1610170954
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise Book Review:

"Scholars, journalists, and even politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain--'al-Andalus'--as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: it is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Dario Fernandez-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise shines light on hidden history by drawing on an abundance of primary sources that scholars have ignored, as well as archaeological evidence only recently unearthed. This supposed beacon of peaceful coexistence began, of course, with the Islamic Caliphate's conquest of Spain. Far from a land of religious tolerance, Islamic Spain was marked by religious and therefore cultural repression in all areas of life and the marginalization of Christians and other groups--all this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise provides a desperately needed reassessment of medieval Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its 'multiculturalism' and 'diversity,' Fernandez-Morera sets the historical record straight--showing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless"

Kingdoms of Faith

Kingdoms of Faith
Author: Brian A. Catlos
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2018-05-01
ISBN 10: 0465093167
ISBN 13: 9780465093168
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kingdoms of Faith Book Review:

A magisterial, myth-dispelling history of Islamic Spain spanning the millennium between the founding of Islam in the seventh century and the final expulsion of Spain's Muslims in the seventeenth In Kingdoms of Faith, award-winning historian Brian A. Catlos rewrites the history of Islamic Spain from the ground up, evoking the cultural splendor of al-Andalus, while offering an authoritative new interpretation of the forces that shaped it. Prior accounts have portrayed Islamic Spain as a paradise of enlightened tolerance or the site where civilizations clashed. Catlos taps a wide array of primary sources to paint a more complex portrait, showing how Muslims, Christians, and Jews together built a sophisticated civilization that transformed the Western world, even as they waged relentless war against each other and their coreligionists. Religion was often the language of conflict, but seldom its cause -- a lesson we would do well to learn in our own time.

Under Crescent and Cross

Under Crescent and Cross
Author: Mark R. Cohen
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 1994
ISBN 10: 9780691010823
ISBN 13: 069101082X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Under Crescent and Cross Book Review:

On the Jews in the Middle ages

A History of Islamic Spain

A History of Islamic Spain
Author: Professor W Montgomery Watt,Pierre Cachia
Publsiher: Transaction Publishers
Total Pages: 183
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780202309361
ISBN 13: 0202309363
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of Islamic Spain Book Review:

The period of Muslim occupation in Spain represents the only significant contact Islam and Europe was ever to have on European soil. In this important as well as fascinating study, Watt traces Islam's influence upon Spain and European civilization--from the collapse of the Visigoths in the eighth century to the fall of Granada in the fifteenth, and considers Spain's importance as a part of the Islamic empire. Particular attention is given to the golden period of economic and political stability achieved under the Umayyads. Without losing themselves in detail and without sacrificing complexity, the authors discuss the political, social, and economic continuity in Islamic Spain, or al-Andalus, in light of its cultural and intellectual effects upon the rest of Europe. Medieval Christianity, Watt points out, found models of scholarship in the Islamic philosophers and adapted the idea of holy war to its own purposes while the final reunification of Spain under the aegis of the Reconquista played a significant role in bringing Europe out of the Middle Ages. A survey essential to anyone seeking a more complete knowledge of European or Islamic history, the volume also includes sections on literature and philology by Pierre Cachia. This series of "Islamic surveys" is designed to give the educated reader something more than can be found in the usual popular books. Each work undertakes to survey a special part of the field, and to show the present stage of scholarship here. Where there is a clear picture this will be given; but where there are gaps, obscurities and differences of opinion, these will also be indicated. Full and annotated bibliographies will afford guidance to those who want to pursue their studies further. There will also be some account of the nature and extent of the source material. The series is addressed in the first place to the educated reader, with little or no previous knowledge of the subject; its character is such that it should be of value also to university students and others whose interest is of a more professional kind.

The Wise King

The Wise King
Author: Simon R. Doubleday
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2015-12-01
ISBN 10: 0465073913
ISBN 13: 9780465073917
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wise King Book Review:

“If I had been present at the Creation,” the thirteenth-century Spanish philosopher-king Alfonso X is said to have stated, “Many faults in the universe would have been avoided.” Known as El Sabio, “the Wise,” Alfonso was renowned by friends and enemies alike for his sparkling intellect and extraordinary cultural achievements. In The Wise King, celebrated historian Simon R. Doubleday traces the story of the king's life and times, leading us deep into his emotional world and showing how his intense admiration for Spain's rich Islamic culture paved the way for the European Renaissance. In 1252, when Alfonso replaced his more militaristic father on the throne of Castile and León, the battle to reconquer Muslim territory on the Iberian Peninsula was raging fiercely. But even as he led his Christian soldiers onto the battlefield, Alfonso was seduced by the glories of Muslim Spain. His engagement with the Arabic-speaking culture of the South shaped his pursuit of astronomy, for which he was famed for centuries, and his profoundly humane vision of the world, which Dante, Petrarch, and later Italian humanists would inherit. A composer of lyric verses, and patron of works on board games, hunting, and the properties of stones, Alfonso is best known today for his Cantigas de Santa María (Songs of Holy Mary), which offer a remarkable window onto his world. His ongoing struggles as a king and as a man were distilled—in art, music, literature, and architecture—into something sublime that speaks to us powerfully across the centuries. An intimate biography of the Spanish ruler in whom two cultures converged, The Wise King introduces readers to a Renaissance man before his time, whose creative energy in the face of personal turmoil and existential threats to his kingdom would transform the course of Western history.

Muslims in Spain 1500 to 1614

Muslims in Spain  1500 to 1614
Author: L. P. Harvey
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 462
Release: 2008-09-15
ISBN 10: 0226319652
ISBN 13: 9780226319650
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Muslims in Spain 1500 to 1614 Book Review:

On December 18, 1499, the Muslims in Granada revolted against the Christian city government's attempts to suppress their rights to live and worship as followers of Islam. Although the Granada riot was a local phenomenon that was soon contained, subsequent widespread rebellion provided the Christian government with an excuse—or justification, as its leaders saw things—to embark on the systematic elimination of the Islamic presence from Spain, as well as from the Iberian Peninsula as a whole, over the next hundred years. Picking up at the end of his earlier classic study, Islamic Spain, 1250 to 1500— which described the courageous efforts of the followers of Islam to preserve their secular, as well as sacred, culture in late medieval Spain—L. P. Harvey chronicles here the struggles of the Moriscos. These forced converts to Christianity lived clandestinely in the sixteenth century as Muslims, communicating in aljamiado— Spanish written in Arabic characters. More broadly, Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614, tells the story of an early modern nation struggling to deal with diversity and multiculturalism while torn by the fanaticism of the Counter-Reformation on one side and the threat of Ottoman expansion on the other. Harvey recounts how a century of tolerance degenerated into a vicious cycle of repression and rebellion until the final expulsion in 1614 of all Muslims from the Iberian Peninsula. Retold in all its complexity and poignancy, this tale of religious intolerance, political maneuvering, and ethnic cleansing resonates with many modern concerns. Eagerly awaited by Islamist and Hispanist scholars since Harvey's first volume appeared in 1990, Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614, will be compulsory reading for student and specialist alike. “The year’s most rewarding historical work is L. P. Harvey’s Muslims in Spain 1500 to 1614, a sobering account of the various ways in which a venerable Islamic culture fell victim to Christian bigotry. Harvey never urges the topicality of his subject on us, but this aspect inevitably sharpens an already compelling book.”—Jonathan Keats, Times Literary Supplement

The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam

The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam
Author: Bat Yeʼor
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Total Pages: 522
Release: 1996
ISBN 10: 0838636888
ISBN 13: 9780838636886
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam Book Review:

In this study, Bat Ye or gives an analysis of the dogma and strategies of jihad, offering a vast panorama of the history of the Jews and Christians under the rule of Islam. A pioneer in a virgin field of research for which she has coined the term dhimmitude, the author has included a documentary section illuminating the process of Eastern Christianity s Islamization. In two waves of Islamic expansion, the Christian and Jewish populations of the Mediterranean regions and Mesopotamia, who had developed the most prestigious civilizations, were conquered by jihad. Millions of Christians from Spain, Egypt, Syria, Greece, and Armenia; Latins and Slavs from southern and central Europe; as well as Jews, were henceforth governed by the shari a (Islamic law). A knowledge of this historical background is essential in order to understand contemporary events."

The Ornament of the World

The Ornament of the World
Author: Maria Rosa Menocal
Publsiher: Back Bay Books
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-11-29
ISBN 10: 9780316092791
ISBN 13: 0316092797
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ornament of the World Book Review:

A Washington Post Bestseller "Fascinating...A lively read...we are indebted to Ms. Menocal for opening up an important period of history." (Wall Street Journal) This enthralling history, widely hailed as a revelation of a "lost" golden age, 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 where literature, science, and the arts flourished.

Andalucia

Andalucia
Author: John Gill
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2008-12-09
ISBN 10: 9780199704514
ISBN 13: 0199704511
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Andalucia Book Review:

A garden at the foot of Europe and a crossroads between Spain, Africa and the New World, Andaluc?a has been a cultural customs house on the border of the Mediterranean and Atlantic civilizations for more than ten thousand years. This book traces its origins from the earliest hominid settlers in the Granada mountains 1.8 million years ago, through successive Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Muslim cultures, and the past five hundred years of modern Castilian rule, up to and including the present day of post-modern novelists in C?rdoba and Sevilla, guerrilla urban archaeologists in Torremolinos and Marbella, and underground lo-fi bands in Granada and M?laga.

Under Crescent and Cross

Under Crescent and Cross
Author: Mark R. Cohen
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2008-08-24
ISBN 10: 0691139318
ISBN 13: 9780691139319
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Under Crescent and Cross Book Review:

Did Muslims and Jews in the Middle Ages cohabit in a peaceful "interfaith utopia"? Or were Jews under Muslim rule persecuted, much as they were in Christian lands? Rejecting both polemically charged ideas as myths, Mark Cohen offers a systematic comparison of Jewish life in medieval Islam and Christendom--and the first in-depth explanation of why medieval Islamic-Jewish relations, though not utopic, were less confrontational and violent than those between Christians and Jews in the West. Under Crescent and Cross has been translated into Turkish, Hebrew, German, Arabic, French, and Spanish, and its historic message continues to be relevant across continents and time. This updated edition, which contains an important new introduction and afterword by the author, serves as a great companion to the original.

Sword and Scimitar

Sword and Scimitar
Author: Raymond Ibrahim
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-08-28
ISBN 10: 0306825562
ISBN 13: 9780306825569
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sword and Scimitar Book Review:

A sweeping history of the often-violent conflict between Islam and the West, shedding a revealing light on current hostilities The West and Islam -- the sword and scimitar -- have clashed since the mid-seventh century, when, according to Muslim tradition, the Roman emperor rejected Prophet Muhammad's order to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam, unleashing a centuries-long jihad on Christendom. Sword and Scimitar chronicles the decisive battles that arose from this ages-old Islamic jihad, beginning with the first major Islamic attack on Christian land in 636, through the Muslim occupation of nearly three-quarters of Christendom which prompted the Crusades, followed by renewed Muslim conquests by Turks and Tatars, to the European colonization of the Muslim world in the 1800s, when Islam largely went on the retreat -- until its reemergence in recent times. Using original sources in Arabic and Greek, preeminent historian Raymond Ibrahim describes each battle in vivid detail and explains how these wars and the larger historical currents of the age reflect the cultural fault lines between Islam and the West. The majority of these landmark battles -- including the battles of Yarmuk, Tours, Manzikert, the sieges at Constantinople and Vienna, and the crusades in Syria and Spain--are now forgotten or considered inconsequential. Yet today, as the West faces a resurgence of this enduring Islamic jihad, Sword and Scimitar provides the needed historical context to understand the current relationship between the West and the Islamic world -- and why the Islamic State is merely the latest chapter of an old history.

Far Right Revisionism and the End of History

Far Right Revisionism and the End of History
Author: Taylor & Francis Group
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 456
Release: 2021-12-13
ISBN 10: 9781032172835
ISBN 13: 1032172835
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Far Right Revisionism and the End of History Book Review:

In this volume, scholars ranging from historians to neuroscientists show how contemporary far-right movements have proposed revisions and counter-narratives to accepted understandings of history, fact, and narrative.

The Eve of Spain

The Eve of Spain
Author: Patricia E. Grieve,Professor Patricia E Grieve
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2009-04-20
ISBN 10: 0801890365
ISBN 13: 9780801890369
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Eve of Spain Book Review:

Finally, Grieve focuses on the misogynistic elements of the story and asks why the fall of Spain is figured as a cautionary tale about a woman’s sexuality.

Ottoman Brothers

Ottoman Brothers
Author: Michelle Campos
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 343
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 0804770689
ISBN 13: 9780804770682
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ottoman Brothers Book Review:

Ottoman Brothers explores Ottoman collective identity, tracing how Muslims, Christians, and Jews became imperial citizens together in Palestine following the 1908 revolution.

The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within
Author: Sayeeda Warsi
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2017-03-30
ISBN 10: 0241276047
ISBN 13: 9780241276044
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Enemy Within Book Review:

'Hard headed, well informed and intellectually coherent ... it turns conventional wisdom on its head. It deserves to promote a public debate on this subject which has been needed for more than 20 years' Peter Oborne Britain has often found groups within its borders whom it does not trust, whom it feels have a belief, culture, practice or agenda which runs contrary to those of the majority. From Catholics to Jews, miners to trade unionists , Marxists to liberals and even homosexuals, all have at times been viewed, described and treated as 'the enemy within'. Muslims are the latest in a long line of 'others' to be given this label. How did this state of affairs come to pass? What are the lessons and challenges for the future - and how will the tale of Muslim Britain develop? Sayeeda Warsi draws on her own unique position in British life, as the child of Pakistani immigrants, an outsider, who became an insider, the UK's first Muslim Cabinet minister, to explore questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of 'British values'. Uncompromising and outspoken, filled with arguments, real-life experience, necessary truths and possible ways forward for Muslims, politicians and the rest of us, this is a timely and urgent book. 'This thoughtful and passionate book offers hope amid the gloom' David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation 'A vital book at a critical time' Helena Kennedy QC

Ibn Khaldun

Ibn Khaldun
Author: Robert Irwin
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-11-05
ISBN 10: 0691197091
ISBN 13: 9780691197098
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ibn Khaldun Book Review:

The definitive account of the life and thought of the medieval Arab genius who wrote the Muqaddima Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) is generally regarded as the greatest intellectual ever to have appeared in the Arab world—a genius who ranks as one of the world's great minds. Yet the author of the Muqaddima, the most important study of history ever produced in the Islamic world, is not as well known as he should be, and his ideas are widely misunderstood. In this groundbreaking intellectual biography, Robert Irwin provides an engaging and authoritative account of Ibn Khaldun's extraordinary life, times, writings, and ideas.

Marquis de Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette
Author: Kathleen Collins
Publsiher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2003-12-15
ISBN 10: 9780823941155
ISBN 13: 0823941159
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Marquis de Lafayette Book Review:

Discusses the life and work of French soldier and political thinker, Marquis de Lafayette, and his role in the American Revolution.

Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain

Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain
Author: Joseph F. O'Callaghan
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2013-09-10
ISBN 10: 0812203062
ISBN 13: 9780812203066
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain Book Review:

Drawing from both Christian and Islamic sources, Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain demonstrates that the clash of arms between Christians and Muslims in the Iberian peninsula that began in the early eighth century was transformed into a crusade by the papacy during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Successive popes accorded to Christian warriors willing to participate in the peninsular wars against Islam the same crusading benefits offered to those going to the Holy Land. Joseph F. O'Callaghan clearly demonstrates that any study of the history of the crusades must take a broader view of the Mediterranean to include medieval Spain. Following a chronological overview of crusading in the Iberian peninsula from the late eleventh to the middle of the thirteenth century, O'Callaghan proceeds to the study of warfare, military finance, and the liturgy of reconquest and crusading. He concludes his book with a consideration of the later stages of reconquest and crusade up to and including the fall of Granada in 1492, while noting that the spiritual benefits of crusading bulls were still offered to the Spanish until the Second Vatican Council of 1963. Although the conflict described in this book occurred more than eight hundred years ago, recent events remind the world that the intensity of belief, rhetoric, and action that gave birth to crusade, holy war, and jihad remains a powerful force in the twenty-first century.

Those Terrible Middle Ages

Those Terrible Middle Ages
Author: Régine Pernoud
Publsiher: Ignatius Press
Total Pages: 179
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780898707816
ISBN 13: 0898707811
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Those Terrible Middle Ages Book Review:

As she examines the many misconceptions about the "Middle Ages", the renown French historian, Regine Pernoud, gives the reader a refreshingly original perspective on many subjects, both historical (from the Inquisition and witchcraft trials to a comparison of Gothic and Renaissance creative inspiration) as well as eminently modern (from law and the place of women in society to the importance of history and tradition). Here are fascinating insights, based on Pernoud's sound knowledge and extensive experience as an archivist at the French National Archives. The book will be provocative for the general readers as well as a helpful resource for teachers. Scorned for centuries, although lauded by the Romantics, these thousand years of history have most often been concealed behind the dark clouds of ignorance: Why, didn't godiche (clumsy, oafish) come from gothique (Gothic)? Doesn't "fuedal" refer to the most hopeless obscurantism? Isn't "Medieval" applied to dust-covered, outmoded things? Here the old varnish is stripped away and a thousand years of history finally emerge -- the "Middle Ages" are dead, long live the Middle Ages!