Andalus: Unlocking The Secrets Of Moorish Spain

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Transworld, Aug 3, 2010 - Travel - 320 pages
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As Islam and the West prepare to clash once again, Jason Webster embarks on a quest to discover Spain's hidden Moorish legacy and lift the lid on a country once forged by both Muslims and Christians. He meets Zine, a young illegal immigrant from Morocco, a twenty-first century Moor, lured over with the promise of a job but exploited as a slave labourer on a fruit farm. Jason's life is threatened as he investigates the agricultural gulag, Zine rescues him, and the unlikely pair of writer and desperado take off on a rollercoaster ride through Andalucía.

While Jason unveils the neglected Arab ancestry of modern Spain - apparent in its food, language, people and culture - Zine sets out on his own parallel quest, a one-man peace mission to resolve Muslim-Christian tensions by proving irresistible to Spanish señoritas.

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Review: Andalus: Unlocking The Secrets Of Moorish Spain

User Review  - Sandra Danby - Goodreads

The ending to this book is so poignant, not what I was expecting, but is so fitting for the end of this unusual book. I struggle to define it. It's part-memoir, part-travel book, part-Arabic history ... Read full review

Review: Andalus: Unlocking The Secrets Of Moorish Spain

User Review  - Rob Innis - Goodreads

I read this after Webster's Guerra and Duende (which I enjoyed, see my reviews) but this one for me was too linked to ancient Spanish history and the Moors. Still well written, and with his research ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Brought up in England, Jason Webster lived for many years in Spain. His acclaimed non-fiction books about Spain include Duende: A Journey in Search of Flamenco; Andalus: Unlocking the Secrets of Moorish Spain; Guerra: Living in the Shadows of the Spanish Civil War; Sacred Sierra: A Year on a Spanish Mountain and the forthcoming The Spy with 29 Names. He is also the author of the Max Cámara series of crime novels, the first of which, Or the Bull Kills You, was longlisted for the CWA Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards New Blood Dagger 2011. This was followed by A Death in Valencia and, most recently, The Anarchist Detective.

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