The Ornament of the World

The Ornament of the World

How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created A Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

Book - 2002
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A rich and thriving culture where literature, science and religious tolerance flourished for 700 years is the subject of this enthralling history of medieval Spain.

Living side by side in the Andalusian kingdoms, the 'peoples of the book' produced statesmen, poets and philosophers who influenced the rest of Europe in dramatic ways, giving it the first translations of Plato and Aristotle, love songs and secular poetry plus remarkable feats of architecture and technology. This evocative account explores the lost history whose legacy and lessons have a powerful resonance in today's world.

Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, c2002.
Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition
ISBN: 9780316168717
Branch Call Number: 946 MENOCAL
Characteristics: xvi, 315 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.


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Mar 20, 2017

A great book about the cultural history of Spain, specifically, and Europe, generally, rectifying the whitewashing, so to speak, that has erased from the popular imagination the Jews and the Muslims who preceded the Barbarians and lastly, Christians, of the Iberian Peninsula. The history also shows that religious intolerance among the surviving traditions is a modern problem that did not belong to medieval Spain.

danieljharari Jan 02, 2015

A primary reader for knowledge of Sephardim. Maria Rose Menocal provides a gateway to world unknown and unexplored to many.



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