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THE ORNAMENT OF THE WORLD: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A resonant and timely case study of a time when followers of the three monotheisms set aside their differences and tried to get along.Golden ages always turn out to have their rotten linings, but the centuries when a tolerant Muslim dynasty ruled over most of Spain were uncommonly free of nastiness. So writes historian Menocal (Humanities/Yale Univ.) in this unusually graceful study, a sturdy and ... Read full review

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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  - Charlie - Goodreads

It is only half-right to call this a history book; it is a eulogy, a panegyric, and a bit of a fable. Menocal writes her history of al-Andalus with a particular purpose: to change the way we view the ... Read full review

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A poorly written, dangerously biased account of a place and time in history which could very well have been fabricated by the author. Read full review

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User Review  - Anna Murray - Goodreads

A poorly written, dangerously biased account of a place and time in history which could very well have been fabricated by the author. Read full review

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User Review  - Cruiseportatlas.com JohnMorn - Goodreads

What an inspiring read! For seven centuries Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together on the Iberian peninsula and created a unique culture that was more advanced than the rest of Europe. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emer Martin - Goodreads

"Widely hailed as a revelation of a "lost" golden age, this history brings to vivid life the rich and thriving culture of medieval Spain where, for more than seven centuries, Muslims, Jews, and ... Read full review

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Highly readable take on Andalusian history -- wished I had known about this book when I was taking World Literature. Read full review

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

Highly readable take on Andalusian history -- wished I had known about this book when I was taking World Literature. Read full review

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

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Maria Rosa Menocal, of Blessed Memory, added a crucial work to the body of community cooperation literature which should be read by all. One of her comments which I found distressing (17 June, 2013 ... Read full review

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