Moorish Spain

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University of California Press, May 5, 2006 - History - 189 pages
Beginning in the year 711 and continuing for nearly a thousand years, the Islamic presence survived in Spain, at times flourishing, and at other times dwindling into warring fiefdoms. But the culture and science thereby brought to Spain, including long-buried knowledge from Greece, largely forgotten during Europe’s Dark Ages, was to have an enduring impact on the country as it emerged into the modern era. In this gracefully written history, Richard Fletcher reveals the Moorish culture in all its fascinating disparity and gives us history at its best: here is vivid storytelling by a renowned scholar.
 

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As well informed this book is on the Spanish conquest, which is saying something since few information can be recollected from that time, I find the book quite boring. Insightful, indeed; but depending on why you are reading the book, you find yourself wishing you hadn't started it. From my biased point of view, i greatly dislike, yet i love the subject.  

Contents

Romance and Reality
1
The Secret of the Tower
15
The Curve of Conversion
35
The Caliphate of Cordoba
53
The Party Kings
79
The Moroccan Fundamentalists
105
Convivencia
131
Nasrid Granada
157
An August Pomegranate
171
Notes on Further Reading
177
Index
179
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Richard Fletcher was Professor of History at the University of York. He was the author of The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity (California, 1999)

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