By Darío Fernández-Morera
Students, newshounds, and 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 generally approved account: it's a myth.
In this groundbreaking ebook, Northwestern college pupil Darío Fernández-Morera tells the complete tale of Islamic Spain. the parable of the Andalusian Paradise shines mild on hidden positive aspects of this medieval tradition by means of drawing on an abundance of fundamental resources that students have overlooked, in addition to archaeological facts just recently unearthed.
This meant beacon of peaceable coexistence all started, in fact, with the Islamic Caliphate’s conquest of Spain. faraway from a land of tolerance, Islamic Spain was once marked by means of spiritual and consequently cultural repression in all parts of lifestyles, and by means of the marginalization of Christians and different groups—all this within the provider of social keep watch over through autocratic rulers and a category of spiritual authorities.
As professors, politicians, and pundits proceed to have a good time Islamic Spain for its “multiculturalism” and “diversity,” Fernández-Morera units the checklist straight—showing politically necessary fable is a fable still.