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

Menocal, Maria Rosa

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ISBN 10: 0316168718 / ISBN 13: 9780316168717
Published by Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY, 2002
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Text appears clean, pages are white Binding is tight and solid. Reminder mark, light edge and handling wear - very light. Foreword by Harold Bloom. 315 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: History; ISBN: 0316168718. ISBN/EAN: 9780316168717. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 1560728810. Bookseller Inventory # 1560728810

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Title: The Ornament of the World : How Muslims, ...

Publisher: Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Good

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Widely hailed as a revelation of a "lost" golden age, this history brings to vivid life the rich and thriving culture of medieval Spain where, for more than seven centuries, Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, and literature, science, and the arts flourished. of photos. 3 maps.

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María Rosa Menocal's wafting, ineffably sad The Ornament of the World tells of a time and place--from 786 to 1492, in Andalucía, Spain--that is largely and unjustly overshadowed in most historical chronicles. It was a time when three cultures--Judaic, Islamic, and Christian--forged a relatively stable (though occasionally contentious) coexistence. Such was this period that there remains in Toledo a church with an "homage to Arabic writing on its walls [and] a sumptuous 14th-century synagogue built to look like Granada's Alhambra." Long gone, however, is the Córdoba library--a thousand times larger than any other in Christian Europe. Menocal's history is one of palatine cities, of philosophers, of poets whose work inspired Chaucer and Boccaccio, of weeping fountains, breezy courtyards, and a long-running tolerance "profoundly rooted in the cultivation of the complexities, charms and challenges of contradictions," which ended with the repression of Judaism and Islam the same year Columbus sailed to the New World. --H. O'Billovich

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