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Short History of Muslim Spain (Paperback) (Alex J. Novikoff)

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The 'golden age' of Muslim Spain represents one of the most dazzling periods in European history: in its architecture, philosophy, literature, poetry and urbanism. From the middle of the eighth century to the completion of the Reconquista in 1492, the three great Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – shared towns and ports, market places and public spaces, throughout the Iberian peninsula. For much of this period, the territory of modern-day Spain was dominated by the Muslim rulers of the Province of Al-Andalus, particularly the Emirate and then Caliphate of Córdoba, when the city of Córdoba became the most culturally creative and most prosperous cosmopolitan centre in Europe. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this co-existence was the unique intermingling of three civilizations in one. Some have even viewed multicultural Muslim Spain as a lost and tolerant arcadia. Popular interest in the period has grown also, fuelled in part by the tensions of the modern world, where many people anxiously mull the future of interfaith relations. Despite a surge of interest, until now there has been no adequate up-to-date introductory history of the full diversity of this fascinating period, or of the Islamic inheritance that infuses the culture and landscape of modern Spain.

The 'golden age' of Muslim Spain represents one of the most dazzling periods in European history: in its architecture, philosophy, literature, poetry and urbanism. From the middle of the eighth century to the completion of the Reconquista in 1492, the three great Abrahamic faiths ? Judaism, Christianity and Islam ? shared towns and ports, market places and public spaces, throughout the Iberian peninsula. For much of this period, the territory of modern-day Spain was dominated by the Muslim rulers of the Province of Al-Andalus, particularly the Emirate and then Caliphate of Córdoba, when the city of Córdoba became the most culturally creative and most prosperous cosmopolitan centre in Europe. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this co-existence was the unique intermingling of three civilizations in one. Some have even viewed multicultural Muslim Spain as a lost and tolerant arcadia. Popular interest in the period has grown also, fuelled in part by the tensions of the modern world, where many people anxiously mull the future of interfaith relations. Despite a surge of interest, until now there has been no adequate up-to-date introductory history of the full diversity of this fascinating period, or of the Islamic inheritance that infuses the culture and landscape of modern Spain.

Number of Pages: 256
Genre: History, Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Medieval, Islam / History
Series Title: I.b.tauris Short Histories
Format: Paperback
Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd
Author: Alex J. Novikoff
Language: English
Street Date: May 30, 2020
TCIN: 16109014
UPC: 9781848858718
Item Number (DPCI): 247-21-4171
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