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The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

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Scholars, journalists, and politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain-"al-Andalus"-as a multicultural paradise, a place where... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

Scholars, journalists, and politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain-"al-Andalus"-as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: it is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise shines light on hidden features of this medieval culture by drawing on an abundance of primary sources that scholars have ignored, as well as archaeological evidence only recently unearthed. This supposed beacon of peaceful coexistence began, of course, with the Islamic Caliphate's conquest of Spain. Far from a land of tolerance, Islamic Spain was marked by religious and therefore cultural repression in all areas of life, and by the marginalization of Christians and other groups-all this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its "multiculturalism" and "diversity," Fernández-Morera sets the record straight-showing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless.



Autorentext

Darío Fernández-Morera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University. A former member of the National Council on the Humanities, he holds a BA from Stanford University, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from Harvard University. He has published several books and many articles on cultural, literary, historical, and methodological issues in Spain, Latin America, and the United States.



Zusammenfassung
Scholars, journalists, and politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spainal-Andalusas a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: it is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise shines light on hidden features of this medieval culture by drawing on an abundance of primary sources that scholars have ignored, as well as archaeological evidence only recently unearthed. This supposed beacon of peaceful coexistence began, of course, with the Islamic Caliphate's conquest of Spain. Far from a land of tolerance, Islamic Spain was marked by religious and therefore cultural repression in all areas of life, and by the marginalization of Christians and other groupsall this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its multiculturalism and diversity, Fernández-Morera sets the record straightshowing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless.

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise
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EAN: 9781504034692
ISBN: 978-1-5040-3469-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Open Road Integrated Media
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 288
Veröffentlichung: 09.02.2016
Jahr: 2016
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.0 MB