A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - 320 strani
In a world torn by religious antagonism, lessons can be learned from medieval Spanish villages where Muslims, Christians, and Jews rubbed shoulders on a daily basis--sharing irrigation canals, bathhouses, municipal ovens, and marketplaces. Medieval Spaniards introduced Europeans to paper manufacture, Hindu-Arabic numerals, philosophical classics, algebra, citrus fruits, cotton, and new medical techniques. Her mystics penned classics of Kabbalah and Sufism. More astonishing than Spain's wide-ranging accomplishments, however, was the simple fact that until the destruction of the last Muslim Kingdom by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492, Spain's Muslims, Christians, and Jews often managed to bestow tolerance and freedom of worship on the minorities in their midst.
A Vanished World chronicles this panoramic sweep of human history and achievement, encompassing both the agony of Jihad, Crusades, and Inquisition, and the glory of a multi-religious, multi-cultural civilization that forever changed the West. Lowney shows how these three controversial religious groups once lived and worked together in Spain, creating commerce, culture, art, and architecture. He reveals how these three faith groups eventually veered into a thicket of resentment and violence, and shows how our current policies and approaches might lead us down the same path.
Rising above politics, propaganda, and name-calling, A Vanished World provides a hopeful meditation on how relations among these three faith groups have gone wrong and some ideas on how to make their interactions right.

 

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1 Spain Before Islam
15
Our God and Your God Is One
29
3 Santiago Discovered in the Field of Stars
43
Determined to Die in a City Piled Full of Riches
55
5 The Pope Who Learned Math from Muslim Spain
71
6 Europes Busiest Highway
79
I Am the David of My Age
93
Jihad Crusades Cowboys and Sheep
103
An Instrument for Peace in the World
183
Who Broke and Destroyed All His Enemies
191
Damnable Mixing
199
18 Alfonso the Learned King
209
The Razor That Rips the Membrane of My Aching Heart
227
A Deed Forbidden by Every Faith
247
EPILOGUE
263
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
269

God How Wearisome My Life Is
119
Born in a Fortunate Hour
129
11 The Second Moses and Medieval Medicine
143
To Long with an Exceeding Longing
157
You Who Have Eyes to See Reflect
165
My Heart Has Become Capable of Every Form
177
NOTES
271
SUGGESTED READING
299
CREDITS
307
INDEX
309
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Chris Lowney served as a Jesuit seminarian for seven years, and later served JP Morgan & Co. as a Managing Director on three continents. A Vanished World follows his acclaimed, award winning first book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World. Lowney has raised money for charity by trekking the 500-mile medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela that figures prominently in A Vanished World.

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