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Awatershed in scholarship.Raphael Israeli, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Desperately, desperately needed as a counter to the mythologythat pervades academia on this subject.PaulF. Crawford, California University of Pennsylvania
An intelligent reinterpretation of a supposed paradise ofconvivencia.Julia Pavn Benito, University of Navarra
A splendid book ... Must-reading.Nol Valis, Yale University
I am in awe ofThe Myth of the Andalusian Paradise.FrontPage Magazine
Abracing remedy to a good deal of the academic pabulum that passes for scholarship.Middle East Quarterly
An exhilarating and unput-downable read.Standpoint
Scholars, journalists, and even politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spainal-Andalusas a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony.
There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: it is a myth.
In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Daro Fernndez-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise shines light on hidden history by drawing on an abundance of primary sources that scholars have ignored, as well as archaeological evidence only recently unearthed.
This supposed beacon of peaceful coexistence began, of course, with the Islamic Caliphates conquest of Spain. Far from a land of religious tolerance, Islamic Spain was marked by religious and therefore cultural repression in all areas of life and the marginalization of Christians and other groupsall this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities.
The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise provides a desperately needed reassessment of medieval Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its multiculturalism and diversity, Fernndez-Morera sets the historical record straightshowing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless.