The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain

By Dario Fernandez-Morera

A finalist for World Magazine’s publication of the Year!

The fantasy of the Andalusian Paradise is vital studying. it's going to quickly locate its position at the cabinets of most suitable educational associations and within the syllabi of pioneering scholars.”
Antonio Carreño, W. Duncan McMillan relations Professor within the Humanities, Emeritus, Brown University 
“I couldn't positioned this publication down. The fable of the Andalusian Paradise constitutes a watershed in scholarship. . . . Fernández-Morera brilliantly debunks the myths that for therefore lengthy have ruled Islamic historiography and standard knowledge. We have been looking forward to this nice breakthrough.”
Raphael Israeli, Professor Emeritus of center japanese, Islamic, and chinese language background, Hebrew college of Jerusalem
“Fernández-Morera examines the bottom of Islamic Spain. . . . this can be an clever reinterpretation of a meant paradise of convivencia.”
Julia Pavón Benito, Professor of Medieval Spanish historical past, collage of Navarra
“Desperately, desperately wanted as a counter to the mythology that pervades academia in this subject.”
Paul F. Crawford, Professor of historical and Medieval background, California college of Pennsylvania
“A well suited booklet. This sober and hard-hitting reassessment demolishes the myths of spiritual tolerance and multiculturalism that experience hopelessly romanticized the precarious coexistence and cruel realities of medieval Spain less than Muslim rule. . . . Must-reading.”
Noël Valis, Professor, division of Spanish and Portuguese, Yale University

Scholars, reporters, or even 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 is a myth.

In this groundbreaking ebook, Northwestern college student Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full tale of Islamic Spain. The fantasy of the Andalusian Paradise shines gentle on hidden historical past via drawing on an abundance of fundamental assets that students have overlooked, in addition to archaeological proof just recently unearthed.

This intended beacon of peaceable coexistence begun, in fact, with the Islamic Caliphate’s conquest of Spain. faraway from a land of non secular tolerance, Islamic Spain was once marked by means of spiritual and as a result cultural repression in all components of existence and the marginalization of Christians and different groups—all this within the provider of social keep an eye on via autocratic rulers and a category of non secular authorities.

The delusion of the Andalusian Paradise offers a desperately wanted reassessment of medieval Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits proceed to have a good time Islamic Spain for its “multiculturalism” and “diversity,” Fernández-Morera units the historic checklist straight—showing politically helpful fable is a fantasy nonetheless.

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A History of Islamic Societies

This new version of 1 of the main usual direction books on Islamic civilizations around the globe has been considerably revised to include the recent scholarship and insights of the final twenty-five years. Ira Lapidus' background explores the beginnings and modifications of Islamic civilizations within the center East and info Islam's around the globe diffusion. The historical past is split into 4 elements. half I is a entire account of pre-Islamic past due antiquity; the beginnings of Islam; the early Islamic empires; and Islamic spiritual, creative, criminal and highbrow cultures. half II bargains with the development within the center East of Islamic non secular groups and states to the 15th century. half III comprises the historical past to the 19th century of Islamic North Africa and Spain; the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires; and different Islamic societies in Asia and Africa. half IV bills for the effect of ecu advertisement and imperial domination on Islamic societies and lines the advance of the fashionable nationwide kingdom method and the simultaneous Islamic revival from the early 19th century to the current.

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The Lives of Muhammad

By Kecia Ali

Kecia Ali delves into the various methods the Prophet’s existence tale has been instructed from the earliest days of Islam to the current, by means of either Muslims and non-Muslims. Emphasizing the foremost variations because the 19th century, she indicates that faraway from being together adversarial, those a variety of views became more and more interdependent.

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Islam in Europe: Diversity, Identity and Influence

Occasions over fresh years have elevated the worldwide curiosity in Islam. This 2007 quantity seeks to wrestle generalisations concerning the Muslim presence in Europe by way of illuminating its variety throughout Europe and delivering a extra lifelike, hugely differentiated photo. It contends with the monist inspiration of id that implies Islam is the shared and major definition of Muslims residing in Europe. The members additionally discover the impact of the eu Union at the Muslim groups inside of its borders, and think about how the european is in flip tormented by the Muslim presence in Europe. This ebook comes at a serious second within the evolution of where of Islam inside of Europe and should attract students, scholars and practitioners within the fields of ecu reviews, politics and rules of the ecu Union, sociology, sociology of faith, and diplomacy. It additionally addresses the broader framework of uncertainties and unease approximately faith in Europe.

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Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)

Even if strongly encouraged by means of Greek inspiration, Islamic philosophers additionally built an unique philosophical tradition in their personal which flourished from the 9th in the course of the fourteenth century. This quantity bargains new translations of philosophical writings via Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ghazali, Ibn Tufayl, and Ibn Rushd (Averroes). A ancient and philosophical creation units the writings in context and lines their preoccupations and their achievements.

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In God's Path: The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)

By Robert G. Hoyland

In exactly over 100 years--from the demise of Muhammad in 632 to the start of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750--the fans of the Prophet swept around the entire of the center East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as remote because the Franks in Western Europe and the Tang Empire in China. The conquered territory was once better than the Roman Empire at its maximum enlargement, and it was once claimed for the Arabs in approximately part the time. How this choice of Arabian tribes was once capable of engulf such a lot of empires, states, and armies in the sort of brief interval has puzzled historians for hundreds of years. such a lot debts of the Arab invasions were dependent nearly exclusively at the early Muslim resources, that have been composed centuries later to demonstrate the divinely selected prestige of the Arabs.

Robert Hoyland's groundbreaking new historical past assimilates not just the wealthy biographical details of the early Muslim resources but in addition the various non-Arabic resources, contemporaneous or near-contemporaneous with the conquests. In God's Path starts off with a wide photo of the past due vintage global sooner than the Prophet's arrival, an international ruled by means of superpowers: Byzantium and Sasanian Persia. In among those empires, emerged a different Arabian id, which helped forge the population of western Arabia right into a ambitious battling strength. The Arabs are the primary actors during this drama but, as Hoyland exhibits, the peoples alongside the perimeters of Byzantium and Persia--the Khazars, Bulgars, Avars, and Turks--all performed serious roles within the remaking of the outdated global order. the hot religion propagated by means of Muhammad and his successors made it attainable for lots of of the conquered peoples to hitch the Arabs in growing the 1st Islamic Empire. Well-paced, finished, and eminently readable, In God's direction presents a sweeping narrative of a transformational interval in international history.

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