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The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spainby Maria Rosa Menocal
Synopses & Reviews
Dispelling the myths that the Middle Ages were rife with religious persecution and intellectual stagnation, a mesmerizing glimpse into the world of medieval Spain reveals a culture where literature, science, and tolerance thrived for five hundred years. 20,000 first printing.
A brilliant and fascinating portrait of medieval Spain explores the golden age when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance. of photos. 3 maps.
About the Author
Maria Rosa Menocal is R. Selden Rose Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University.
Table of 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 — A reading group guide.
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