A Vanished World: Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment

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Simon and Schuster, 6. apr. 2005 - 320 strani
In a world troubled by religious strife and division, Chris Lowney's vividly written new book offers a hopeful historical reminder: Muslims, Christians, and Jews once lived together in Spain, creating a centuries-long flowering of commerce, culture, art, and architecture. Written with a narrative drive reminiscent of Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror, this new work takes us back to a medieval Iberia that prefigured the Renaissance.
In 711, a ragtag army of Muslim North Africans conquered Christian Spain and launched Western Europe's first (and to date only) Islamic state. In 1492, Ferdinand and Isabella vanquished Spain's last Muslim kingdom, forced Jews to convert or emigrate, and dispatched Christopher Columbus to the New World. In the years between, Spain's Muslims, Christians, and Jews forged a golden age for each faith and distanced Spain from a Europe mired in the Dark Ages.
Medieval Spain's pioneering innovations touched every dimension of Western life: Spaniards introduced Europeans to paper manufacture and to the Hindu-Arabic numerals that supplanted the Roman numeral system. Spanish scholars translated what stood for centuries as Europe's standard medical handbook. Spain's farmers adopted irrigation technology from the Near East to nurture Europe's first crops of citrus and cotton. Spanish artisans graced luxurious homes with the fountains, gardens, and decorative tile that remain hallmarks of southern Spain's distinctive decor. Spain's religious scholars authored works that still profoundly influence their respective faiths, from the masterpiece of the Jewish kabbalah to the meditations of Sufism's "greatest master" to the eloquent arguments of Maimonides that humans can successfully marry religious faith and reasoned philosophical inquiry. No less astonishing than medieval Spain's wide-ranging accomplishments was the simple fact its Muslims, Christians, and Jews often managed to live and work side by side, bestowing tolerance and freedom of worship on the religious minorities in their midst.
A Vanished World chronicles this impossibly panoramic sweep of human history and achievement, encompassing both the agony of jihad, Crusades, and Inquisition, and the glory of a multireligious, multicultural civilization that forever changed the West. One gnarled root of today's religious animosities stretches back to medieval Spain, but so does a more nourishing root of much modern religious wisdom. In a world torn by religious antagonism, Chris Lowney offers enduring lessons learned from medieval Spanish villages where Muslims, Christians, and Jews rubbed shoulders on a daily basis.

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Peter Bishop is Associate Professor in the School of Communication, International Studies & Languages at the University of South Australia. He has researched extensively on the topics of hope, imagination, reconciliation and place. He has also published widely on the complex cultural and psychological aspects of the exchange between western cultures and non-western religions such as Buddhism. Author of five books his recent publications include: "The Shadow of Hope: Reconciliation & Imaginal Pedagogies", in Pedagogies of the Imagination: Mythopoetic Curriculum in Educational Practice, eds. Timothy Leonard & Peter Willis, Springer; "To Witness and Remember: Mapping Reconciliation Travel", in Travel Writing, Form and Empire, eds. Julia Kuehn and Paul Smethurst, Routledge.

Pam Christie is Professor of Education at the University of Canberra, Australia, and holds the UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education for Diversity and Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where she was formerly Dean of Education. She has worked on post-apartheid education policy, as well as on school development and change, leadership, curriculum and pedagogy, and reconciliation.

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