The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

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Little, Brown, Nov 29, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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.

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It's a pretty good. As this is something I know about, I got impatient with the fuzziness of the overview, and returned it to the library. But it's a nice intro for someone curious about Al-Andalus Read full review

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List of Maps
ForewordbyHarold Bloom
A Note on Transliterations and NonEnglish Names
The Mosque and the Palm Tree
Mother Tongues
A grand vizier a grand City
The gardens of Memory
Victorious in Exile
Granada 1236
Banned in Paris
Visions of Other Worlds
Foreign Dignitaries at the Courts of Castile
Toledo 1364
In the Alhambra
Somewhere in La Mancha
Andalusian Shards

Love and Its Songs
Barbastro in the Foothills of the Pyrenees on the Road to Saragossa August 1064
The Church at the Top of the Hill
An Andalusian in London
Sailing Away Riding Away
The Abbot and the Quran
Cordoba 1236
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The Ornament of the World
A conversation with Maria Rosa Menocal
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Maria Rosa Menocal is R. Selden Rose Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and head of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. She lives in New Haven, CT.

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