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This book has been inspirational in my research into "Convivencia, A Model for Peace between Muslims, Christians and Jews".
The story of the era when Muslims occupied Southern Spain, called Al
Andalus, between 756 to the 13 century, describes how Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in an atmosphere of tolerance and became an inspiration as to how these three major cultures and religions could become the model for peace and harmony to today's world of war and human intolerance.
Maria Risa Monecal takes you into her story and makes you believe the historical transition of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa through the changes in beliefs, religion, literature and architectural works of art. Those living in that era brought about a new paradigm in language, cultural intermarriage and interracial harmony.
Like all historical eras, changes brought about the brake up of the three cultures.
What they left for prosperity is the Model for Peace.
Having been born in that part of Spain, I have lived in amongst the culture, traditions, and ansestors of those years gone by and even today feel that warmth and harmony we inherited from the Muslim occupation. Morocco, that is so close to Andalucia, also has a similar way of life and culture as they are a Muslim country.
 

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Review: The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

User Review  - Kathryn - Goodreads

interesting and engaging, but repetitive and simplistic in spots Read full review

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User Review  - Sydney - Goodreads

A good history that shows how ideas flourish when many cultures live together. But, oh, how it hurts to read about how many books have been destroyed in the name of God. Read full review

Review: The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

User Review  - Naila - Goodreads

It's worth the read if you aren't too picky about things like, uh, accuracy. The book takes a really idealistic (and sometimes ridiculous) outlook on Al-Andalus-- but given the fact that it's written through the lens of Literature and cultural production, I suppose the tone is justified. Read full review

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User Review  - Thea Gardner - Goodreads

I very much liked this take on the time-travel paradox. The story was engaging, and the characters were well-developed. Unlike many novels by Mr. King, this one also made me think about consequences and how even the smallest action can make huge unintended changes. Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda J - Goodreads

preparing for the trip to andalusia this summer! Read full review

Review: The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

User Review  - Tauheedah Najee-ullah - Goodreads

Backdrop of Al-Andalus. Why Moorish Spain will be as good as Europe will get...until Islam rises again. Read full review

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

For seven centuries, Muslims, Jews and Christians peacefully shared the country that is now Spain, creating cross-currents of learning, art, architecture, and philosophy. María Rosa Menocal, of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Omar Ávalos Gallegos - Goodreads

I just really, really like this book. It examines how the ancient city of Córdoba in modern-day Andalusia in southern Spain was a place of high culture much in part because of the contributions of the ... Read full review

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