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

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

Maria Rosa Menocal


Undoing the customary concept of the center a while as a interval of spiritual persecution and highbrow stagnation, María Menocal now brings us a portrait of a medieval tradition the place literature, technology, and tolerance flourished for 500 years.
The tale starts off as a tender prince in exile--the final inheritor to an Islamic dynasty--founds a brand new nation at the Iberian peninsula: al-Andalus. Combining the easiest of what Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures needed to provide, al-Andalus and its successors inspired the remainder of Europe in dramatic methods, from the loss of life of liturgical Latin and the unfold of secular poetry, to striking feats in structure, technological know-how, and expertise. the consideration of the Andalusian kingdoms continued until eventually the Renaissance, while Christian monarchs forcibly switched over, completed, or expelled non-Catholics from Spain. during this significant ebook, we will be able to ultimately discover the misplaced background whose legacy continues to be with us in numerous methods.

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