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“The delusion of the Andalusian Paradise is vital analyzing. it is going to quickly locate its position at the cabinets of superior educational associations and within the syllabi of pioneering scholars.”
—Antonio Carreño, W. Duncan McMillan relations Professor within the Humanities, Emeritus, Brown University
“I couldn't placed this e-book down. The fable of the Andalusian Paradise constitutes a watershed in scholarship. . . . Fernández-Morera brilliantly debunks the myths that for therefore lengthy have ruled Islamic historiography and traditional knowledge. We have been looking ahead to this nice breakthrough.”
—Raphael Israeli, Professor Emeritus of center japanese, Islamic, and chinese language background, Hebrew college of Jerusalem
“Fernández-Morera examines the bottom of Islamic Spain. . . . this is often an clever reinterpretation of a intended paradise of convivencia.”
—Julia Pavón Benito, Professor of Medieval Spanish background, college of Navarra
“Desperately, desperately wanted as a counter to the mythology that pervades academia in this subject.”
—Paul F. Crawford, Professor of historic and Medieval background, California collage of Pennsylvania
“A well suited ebook. This sober and hard-hitting reassessment demolishes the myths of non secular tolerance and multiculturalism that experience hopelessly romanticized the precarious coexistence and vicious realities of medieval Spain less than Muslim rule. . . . Must-reading.”
—Noël Valis, Professor, division of Spanish and Portuguese, Yale University
Scholars, newshounds, or even politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain—“al-Andalus”—as a multicultural paradise, a spot the place Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony.
There is just one challenge with this extensively permitted account: it is a myth.
In this groundbreaking booklet, Northwestern collage pupil Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full tale of Islamic Spain. The fable of the Andalusian Paradise shines gentle on hidden heritage via drawing on an abundance of fundamental resources that students have overlooked, in addition to archaeological facts only in the near past unearthed.
This intended beacon of peaceable coexistence started, in fact, with the Islamic Caliphate’s conquest of Spain. faraway from a land of spiritual tolerance, Islamic Spain used to be marked by way of spiritual and consequently cultural repression in all parts of lifestyles and the marginalization of Christians and different groups—all this within the provider of social keep an eye on through autocratic rulers and a category of spiritual authorities.
The fable of the Andalusian Paradise offers a desperately wanted reassessment of medieval Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits proceed to have fun Islamic Spain for its “multiculturalism” and “diversity,” Fernández-Morera units the old checklist straight—showing politically necessary fantasy is a fable nonetheless.