A finalist for World Magazine’s booklet of the Year!
“The fable of the Andalusian Paradise is vital analyzing. it is going to quickly locate its position at the cabinets of most efficient educational associations and within the syllabi of pioneering scholars.”
—Antonio Carreño, W. Duncan McMillan family members Professor within the Humanities, Emeritus, Brown University
“I couldn't placed this ebook down. The fantasy of the Andalusian Paradise constitutes a watershed in scholarship. . . . Fernández-Morera brilliantly debunks the myths that for thus lengthy have ruled Islamic historiography and standard knowledge. We have been looking ahead 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 is often an clever reinterpretation of a meant paradise of convivencia.”
—Julia Pavón Benito, Professor of Medieval Spanish heritage, 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 heritage, California college of Pennsylvania
“A fabulous booklet. This sober and hard-hitting reassessment demolishes the myths of non secular tolerance and multiculturalism that experience hopelessly romanticized the precarious coexistence and vicious 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 greatly approved account: it is a myth.
In this groundbreaking booklet, Northwestern collage pupil Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full tale of Islamic Spain. The delusion of the Andalusian Paradise shines mild on hidden historical past through drawing on an abundance of basic assets that students have overlooked, in addition to archaeological facts just recently unearthed.
This meant beacon of peaceable coexistence begun, in fact, with the Islamic Caliphate’s conquest of Spain. faraway from a land of spiritual tolerance, Islamic Spain used to be marked via non secular and consequently cultural repression in all parts 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 spiritual authorities.
The delusion of the Andalusian Paradise presents 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 old list straight—showing politically beneficial fable is a fantasy nonetheless.