The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise Book
Score: 3
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The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise


  • Author : Darío Fernández-Morera
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2016-02-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504034692

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The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise Book Description :

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 Book
Score: 2.5
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The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise


  • Author : Darío Fernández-Morera
  • Publisher : Intercollegiate Studies Inst
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN 10 : 1610170954

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The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise Book Description :

"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 Book
Score: 4
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Kingdoms of Faith


  • Author : Brian A. Catlos
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-07
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9781787380035

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Kingdoms of Faith Book Description :

Prior accounts have portrayed Islamic Spain either as a paradise of enlightened tolerance, or as the site where civilisations clashed. Award-winning historian Brian A. Catlos taps a wide array of original sources to paint a more complex picture, showing how Muslims, Christians, and Jews together built a sophisticated civilisation that transformed the Western world, even as they waged relentless war against each other and amongst themselves. Religion was often the language of conflict, but seldom its cause--a lesson we would do well to learn in our own time.Kingdoms of Faith rewrites Spain's Islamic past from the ground up, evoking the cultural splendour of al-Andalus and the many forces that shaped it.

MUSLIM Book

MUSLIM


  • Author : Hank Hanegraaff
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Release Date : 2017-10-10
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780785216032

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MUSLIM Book Description :

Is Islam a peaceful and tolerant religion? For all the debate over Islam and its growing presence in the world, one thing is often overlooked: Islam is not a religion in the sanitized Western sense. It is, in contrast, an all-encompassing sociopolitical legal matrix that has bred a worldview antagonistic to anything but itself. While there may be millions of peaceful and tolerant Muslims, many of them our neighbors, Islam itself is hardly peaceful and tolerant. Islam is the only significant religious system in the history of the human race with a sociopolitical structure of laws that mandate violence against the infidel. The current narrative is that to tell the truth in this regard is tantamount to radicalizing Muslims and exacerbating hostilities that may otherwise lie dormant. A common refrain has reverberated throughout the West: “Islam is not our enemy.” As well-intentioned as this mantra may be, it is a potentially dangerous stance once someone understands Islam in full. Despite its incoherence, Islam—one billion six hundred million strong and growing—is poised to fill the vacuum left by a Western culture slouching inexorably towards Gomorrah. Demographics alone are alarming. While polygamist Muslims boast a robust birth rate, native Westerners are moving rapidly toward self-extinction. Filling the void are multiplied millions of Muslims who have no intention of assimilating into Western culture. Equally grave is the specter of global Islamic jihadism now exacting mass genocide on Christians in the East and ever-multiplying terrorist attacks throughout the West. We are also witnessing the co-belligerency of fantastically wealthy Saudis spending multiplied billions of dollars exporting virulent Wahhabism to the West. Worse still, Western governments, academic institutions, and media outlets seem bent on exporting a false narrative respecting the religious animus animating global Islamic jihadism. In MUSLIM: What You Need to Know about the World’s Fast

Convivencia Book
Score: 4
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Convivencia


  • Author : Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)
  • Publisher : George Braziller
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 263
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39076001238299

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Convivencia Book Description :

Looks at the golden age produced by the mingling of the three cultures in medieval Spain and shows examples of arts and crafts

Muslim Spain and Portugal Book
Score: 3
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Muslim Spain and Portugal


  • Author : Hugh Kennedy
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-06-11
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317870401

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Muslim Spain and Portugal Book Description :

This is the first study in English of the political history of Muslim Spain and Portugal, based on Arab sources. It provides comprehensive coverage of events across the whole of the region from 711 to the fall of Granada in 1492. Up till now the history of this region has been badly neglected in comparison with studies of other states in medieval Europe. When considered at all, it has been largely written from Christian sources and seen in terms of the Christian Reconquest. Hugh Kennedy raises the profile of this important area, bringing the subject alive with vivid translations from Arab sources. This will be fascinating reading for historians of medieval Europe and for historians of the middle east drawing out the similarities and contrasts with other areas of the Muslim world.

The Ornament of the World Book
Score: 3.5
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The Ornament of the World


  • Author : Maria Rosa Menocal
  • Publisher : Back Bay Books
  • Release Date : 2009-11-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 0316092797

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The Ornament of the World Book Description :

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.

Moorish Spain Book
Score: 1
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Moorish Spain


  • Author : Richard A. Fletcher
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2006-05-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 189
  • ISBN 10 : 0520248406

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Moorish Spain Book Description :

A good introductory picture of the Islamic presence in Spain, from the year 711 until the modern era.

Spanish Islam Book

Spanish Islam


  • Author : Reinhart Dozy
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-01-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 766
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315304694

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Spanish Islam Book Description :

Originally published in 1913, this book contains the English translation of Reinhardt’s Dozy’s notable work, Histoire des Musalman’s d’Espagne. First published in 1861, this comprehensive work chronicles the extensive history of Islam in Spain. The introduction by the translator provides a useful overview of Reinhardt’s Dozy’s life and career. This comprehensive work will be of interest to those studying the history of Islam and Spain.

The Second Umayyad Caliphate Book
Score: 4
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The Second Umayyad Caliphate


  • Author : Janina M. Safran
  • Publisher : Harvard CMES
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0932885241

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The Second Umayyad Caliphate Book Description :

The Second Umayyad Caliphate recovers the Andalusi Umayyad argument for caliphal legitimacy through an analysis of caliphal rhetoric--based on proclamations, correspondence, and panegyric poetry--and caliphal ideology, as shown through monuments, ceremony, and historiography.