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By Dario Fernandez-Morera

A finalist for World Magazine’s e-book of the Year!

The fantasy of the Andalusian Paradise is vital examining. it's going to quickly locate its position at the cabinets of most suitable educational associations and within the syllabi of pioneering scholars.”
Antonio Carreño, W. Duncan McMillan relations Professor within the Humanities, Emeritus, Brown University 
“I couldn't placed this e-book down. The fable of the Andalusian Paradise constitutes a watershed in scholarship. . . . Fernández-Morera brilliantly debunks the myths that for therefore lengthy have ruled Islamic historiography and traditional knowledge. We have been anticipating this nice breakthrough.”
Raphael Israeli, Professor Emeritus of heart jap, Islamic, and chinese language background, Hebrew collage of Jerusalem
“Fernández-Morera examines the bottom of Islamic Spain. . . . this is often an clever reinterpretation of a meant paradise of convivencia.”
Julia Pavón Benito, Professor of Medieval Spanish historical past, collage of Navarra
“Desperately, desperately wanted as a counter to the mythology that pervades academia in this subject.”
Paul F. Crawford, Professor of old and Medieval historical past, California college of Pennsylvania
“A ideal booklet. This sober and hard-hitting reassessment demolishes the myths of non secular tolerance and multiculturalism that experience hopelessly romanticized the precarious coexistence and vicious realities of medieval Spain less than Muslim rule. . . . Must-reading.”
Noël Valis, Professor, division of Spanish and Portuguese, Yale University

Scholars, reporters, or even politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain—“al-Andalus”—as a multicultural paradise, a spot the place Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony.

There is just one challenge with this broadly authorised account: it is a myth.

In this groundbreaking e-book, Northwestern college pupil Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full tale of Islamic Spain. The fantasy of the Andalusian Paradise shines mild on hidden background by way of drawing on an abundance of fundamental resources that students have missed, in addition to archaeological proof only in the near past unearthed.

This intended beacon of peaceable coexistence started, in fact, with the Islamic Caliphate’s conquest of Spain. faraway from a land of non secular tolerance, Islamic Spain was once marked by means of spiritual and accordingly cultural repression in all components of existence and the marginalization of Christians and different groups—all this within the provider of social regulate by means of autocratic rulers and a category of non secular authorities.

The delusion of the Andalusian Paradise presents a desperately wanted reassessment of medieval Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits proceed to have fun Islamic Spain for its “multiculturalism” and “diversity,” Fernández-Morera units the historic checklist straight—showing politically helpful delusion is a fable nonetheless.

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Much more likely, Muslims took over a vestry or a close-by development, or equipped an adjoining dust building, sooner than demolishing the church and construction a mosque. yet this could now not represent a sharing. UMAYYAD BRUTALITY The Israelis and Palestinians, whether they can in attaining a achievable peace, might nonetheless be surrounded through a Muslim global very distant from the Andalusia of Abd al-Rahman and his descendants. it's salutary to be reminded of what Cordoba and Granada as soon as have been, and but it's also disquieting. —Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale collage, from his foreword to María Rosa Menocal, The decoration of the realm: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a tradition of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (New York: Little, Brown and corporate, 2002), xv A much less enthusiastic Spanish Arabist, Maribel Fierro, explains: The rulers of al-Andalus, so much in particular the Umayyads, conducted indiscriminate beheading of prisoners of warfare, and took nice pains to move the severed heads to the capital, as symbols of the extension in their energy and of the submission in their enemies. The resource that recorded the Almohads accomplishing an analogous perform took care to sign the similarity of this tradition with that throughout the Umayyad caliphs. That the decapitation of defeated enemies after conflict was once an army perform good ingrained in Andalusi and, extra normally, in Islamic army behavior of battle is obviously proven in narratives present in diverse literary genres, except chronicles and manuals at the behavior of struggle. eleven therefore while Ismail, son of the ruler of Seville, used to be defeated, as a question after all “he used to be instantly beheaded, and his head carried to Malaga, to be provided to Idris Ibn Ali. ”12 slightly a yr after Abd al-Rahman I had overthrown the Abbasid governor in 756, he confronted a uprising from al-Fihri, the Muslim lord of Toledo, the previous capital of the Visigoth country. this could be one of the uprisings the Umayyad monarch could come across in the course of his rule. Abd al-Rahman besieged rebellious Toledo yet used to be not able to beat its defenses. ahead of lifting the siege, he beheaded al-Fihri’s son and catapulted the top over the wall as a caution to the daddy. Having enlarged his military with many African slave-warriors, Abd al-Rahman again a 12 months later, and this time he invested town so successfully that the famished population betrayed al-Fihri and added him and his closest fans to Abd al-Rahman. The Umayyad ruler had the prisoners’ heads and beards shaved, dressed the prisoners in wool rags, paraded them on donkeys during the urban, after which crucified them publicly. After defeating an rebellion by means of the previous Abbasid governor, Yusuf, in 758, Abd al-Rahman I ordered Yusuf’s head displayed in Córdoba, “nailed below the important arch of the bridge,” al-Maqqari tells us. Then he had Yusuf’s son beheaded, too, and ordered that the heads be “placed on spears lower than the gate of the royal palace. ” one other of Yusuf’s sons used to be installed a dungeon and later strangled.

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