Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain

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In 711 an army of Arabs and Berbers from North Africa, united by their faith in Islam, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and arrived on the Iberian Peninsula. In less than a decade the Muslims brought most of the peninsula under their domination; they called the Iberian lands they controlled al-Andalus. Although the borders of al-Andalus shifted over the centuries, the Muslims remained a powerful force on the peninsula for almost eight hundred years, until 1492, when they were expelled by Ferdinand and Isabella. This volume, which accompanies a major exhibition presented at the Alhambra in Granada and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is devoted to the little-known artistic legacy of Islamic Spain.
 

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This beautifully illustrated volume is much more than the catalog of an exhibition of Spain's Islamic art that was held at the Alhambra and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this summer ... Read full review

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This is an absolutely fascinating collection of essays for anyone with an interest in this subject. So much of the American Southwest and West incorporate the designs and aesthetics of this period in Spanish history and so few people seem to understand that the genesis of those designs and aesthetics is not Europe but the Middle East and ultimate the civilizations of antiquity. We are all one on this planet. History proves that over and over and over again. 

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