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Author Menocal, Maria Rosa.

Title The ornament of the world : how Muslims, Jews, and Christians created a culture of tolerance in medieval Spain / María Rosa Menocal.

Imprint Boston : Little, Brown and Company, ©2002.


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 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  946.02 M527o 2002    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition First edition.
Description xvi, 315 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, [12] pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Summary 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-292) and index.
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.
Subject Spain -- Civilization -- 711-1516.
Spain -- Ethnic relations.
Toleration -- Spain -- History.
Muslims -- Spain -- History.
Christians -- Spain -- History.
Jews -- Spain -- History.
Spain -- Religion.
Religions -- Relations.
Europe -- Civilization -- Arab influences.
Europe -- Civilization -- Spanish influences.
Europe -- Relations -- Spain.
Spain -- Relations -- Europe.
Interfaith relations. (OCoLC)fst01353343
Christians. (OCoLC)fst00859760
Civilization. (OCoLC)fst00862898
Civilization -- Arab influences. (OCoLC)fst01352331
Civilization -- Spanish influences. (OCoLC)fst01352405
Ethnic relations. (OCoLC)fst00916005
Jews. (OCoLC)fst00983135
Muslims. (OCoLC)fst01031029
International relations. (OCoLC)fst00977053
Religion. (OCoLC)fst01093763
Religions. (OCoLC)fst01093898
Toleration. (OCoLC)fst01152232
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
Spain. (OCoLC)fst01204303
Christentum (DE-588)4010074-1
Islam (DE-588)4027743-4
Judentum (DE-588)4114087-4
Toleranz (DE-588)4060355-6
Spanien (DE-588)4055964-6
Religiöse Toleranz.
Spain -- Civilization -- Islamic influences.
Chronological Term Geschichte 750-1605.
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780316566889

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