The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise Muslims Christians and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain Scholars journalists and even politicians uphold Muslim ruled medieval Spain al Andalus as a multicultural paradise a place where Muslims Christians and Jews lived in harmony There is only one pr

  • Title: The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain
  • Author: Darío Fernández-Morera
  • ISBN: 9781610170956
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Scholars, journalists, and even politicians uphold Muslim ruled medieval Spain al Andalus as 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 book, Northwestern University scholar Dar o Fern ndez Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain The Myth oScholars, journalists, and even politicians uphold Muslim ruled medieval Spain al Andalus as 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 book, Northwestern University scholar Dar o Fern ndez 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 Caliphate s 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 groups all this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities.

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    1. Fernandez-Morera strips away the veil created by politically-correct modern historians to look at the real face of Muslim Spain based on contemporary, predominantly Arab sources. Conscious that he is taking on the entrenched academic establishment, Professor Fernadez-Morera documents his book meticulously, quoting numerous sources for each assertion and providing more than 100 pages of notes. What emerges is a hideous image of brutal aggression, consciously humiliating oppression, and intoleranc [...]

    2. "The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews Under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain" by Dario Fernandez Morera is a polemic against the proponents of "La Convivencia" ("The Coexistence") - the belief that Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in relative peace and harmony in southern and central Spain under Islamic rule between the years 711 and 1492. This book is also, secondarily, a polemic against the claim that Medieval Spain under Islamic rule was the crucial "transmissio [...]

    3. Excellent reading for people with islami phobic tendencies, but little of historical value for anyone else. The very broad brush taken by the author to paint the Spanish conquest as an Islamic holy war is ridiculous reason when he himself concedes that the very first raids by the Berbers yielded much booty and many beautiful captives which prompted further attacks. Jihad was cited as a reason because Islam was the majority religion of the Berbers. If the same Berbers happened to be Christian wou [...]

    4. The author DESTROYS the myths by John Esposito and other so-called "Islamic scholars" about how wonderful Spain was supposed to have been under Islamic rule.This book has so many footnotes that you finish reading the epilogue at 49% through the Kindle version.If you are tired of the kowtowing to Islam by professors whose jobs are endowed by Saudi Arabia, then you should read this book, which will give you plenty of ammunition and come-backs to their LIES.

    5. Although this book claims to be the lone voice in the wilderness against a pernicious PC myth that has perpetrated scholarship and popular culture, it is in fact written by overlooking all scholarship that contradicts is point and by dealing with medieval texts superficially and only in translation. Just because the author claims to be revealing some hidden truth doesn't mean that's the case. I've written at some greater length about the book here: wp.nyu/sjpearce/2017/03/1. For better alternati [...]

    6. This book is ferociously erudite, but tinged with obsession. True, nearly all modern academic and popular mention of Muslim Spain endorses an easily disproved falsehood—that Muslim Spain was a golden land of tolerance, offering unique scientific and cultural advancement. So I suppose that the opposite falsehood, that Muslim Spain was a nasty land of unbroken intolerance where nothing was accomplished, in a sense merely balances the scales. But a reader of “The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise [...]

    7. This books re-examines and re-interprets the depiction of the historical territory of Al-Andalus – medieval Spain under Islamic rule. The author asserts that historical facts have been molded to suit modern political agendas. That is, he asserts that the unpleasant realities of history have been downplayed in order to advance a liberal agenda. He asserts that the notion of Muslims, Jews and Christians living in relative harmony in Al-Andalus is a myth perpetuated for political purposes, includ [...]

    8. A historical work, discussing history before, during, and after the period. Also the legal systems -- Muslim, Christian, Jewish -- that prevailed there (inside and outside communities). In particular dwelling on the conflicts inside religious communities and between them. An excellent survey that debunks a lot of myths.

    9. Please give my review a helpful vote - amazon/review/RPOBN0UThe Myth of the Andalusian Paradise by Dario Fernandez- MoreraThis is a detailed, well-supported and highly engaging book. The thesis of the author, Dario Fernandez- Morera, is that Spain prior to the Muslim conquest was a civilized society that was conquered by barbarians, who thereafter usurped the benefits of the higher civilization and impressed their own repressive social structure on the survivors. Fernandez-Morera contends that t [...]

    10. This is a great book that really has me wondering about what passes as scholarship at many of our institutions of higer learning. Author Dario Fernandez-Morerra begins each chapter with a quote or two from a noteworthy person, usually a college professor in Arabic Studies, or a similar field. Each person quoted states how wonderful life was under muslim rule in Medieval Spain. What tolerance of Christianity and Judaism the muslim conquerors exhibited, how society flourished under muslim rule, et [...]

    11. This is well researched, but alas.  It's not a familiar debate.  It is interesting to see how our biases and prejudices color history.  Andalusian Paradise follows a trend in rescuing Christian history from the academics of the last several generations.  It also recasts Spanish Islamic history in a more reasonable light.  It proves the adage, history is told by the victors.  Notes:Interesting insight.  Modern historians often re-imagine history according to their social agenda.  p. 15 [...]

    12. This is a GREAT book, an eye-opening MUST READ. The author meticulously documents his research including medieval PRIMARY SOURCES to refute the politically correct but false claims of academic/media pundits that Spain was conquered peacefully by the Muslim invaders who were religiously tolerant. Instead the author references example after example of Muslim repression, sometimes extremely brutal, of Christians and Jews. Especially compelling is the archaeological evidence he lists (of destroyed c [...]

    13. Don't tell anyone, but "Few periods in history have been more misrepresented than that of Islamic Spain." (p. 239). The author, professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern, wrote his book to disabuse readers of the "romantic" and "selective" narrative about al-Andalus as a time and place of "tolerance" and "multiculturalism." Enhanced by approx. 100 pages of footnotes, readers will learn that the underlying motivation for the conquest of North Africa and Spain was: booty, slaves, and *re [...]

    14. Engaging, thought-provoking, and meticulously researched using Islamic, Christian, and Jewish texts, Dr Darío Fernández-Morera's book convinced me of the plausibility of his argument: that the oft-told belief that Muslim-controlled Spain was a time of peaceful inclusion for all inhabitants is largely, if not wholly, a myth, and that those who were not followers of Islam were subjugated and pretty much held as second-class citizens - and the conquered were given a choice of conversion, death, o [...]

    15. This is one of those treasures you run accross from time to time that simply fills in one big historical fog bank you hardly ever took much notice of. It was not an entrancing presentation (audio book) but I have done it twuce already. Will probably need to do it again. I did so many mental double takes I needed lots of googling just to be sure I was not hallucinating. Sort of takes my breath away. What I failed to appreciate was the Arabs and Berbers were several orders of magnitude lower on th [...]

    16. Authoritative insight into the impact Islam has on civilisations that aren't prepared to defend against its continuing, aggressive efforts to subject all people to their distorted view of an oppressive dystopia.A well researched treatise that accomplishes its stated task. Ordinary citizens, students, and professors will be exposed to irrefutable facts that challenge the lies found in propaganda designed to humanize an evil cult.

    17. While the author is correct to challenge images of medieval Spain as some form of interfaith paradise, his arguments if anything go too far in the opposite direction. Taking instances of conquest and violence as the norm or benchmark, the author makes sweeping claims based on dubious analysis. Much of the erudite looking style and voluminous references cover a lack of engagement with serious scholarship, original sources (he claims to somehow be almost alone in using 'primary sources' but he is [...]

    18. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradiseby Dario Fernandez-MoreraISI Press 2016$29.95; 358 pagesISBN 978161017095It has been quite a while since I've read a proper work of non-fiction in book form. I tend to get all of my non-fiction reading as journal articles, blogs that usually reference journal articles, or international consensus standards. Thus my book reading tends toward fiction as a palate-cleanser and method of winding down.However, I saw this one on the shelf at my local public library, an [...]

    19. Highly informative, and a good counter to the common (And, I believe, erroneous) assertion that Muslim-ruled Spain was a mutlicultural paradise- but take it with a grain of salt, as with anything. Fernandez-Morera is, after all, writing with a purpose here, so if you're not too familiar with Hispanic history you might find that the book seems to indicate that Medieval Christians were entirely blameless people- that's obviously not the author's intent, but still, it's a possible impression to get [...]

    20. This is a book I really wanted to give 5 stars to based on the content of the book but the non-chronological thematic ordering is too distracting.Now the author has his own bias, like any author, but it is difficult to not take seriously his claims that in the modern western world, the 'Andalusian Golden Age' is little more than a myth perpetuated by a group political group for exceedingly political ends. Each chapter begins with a quotation, often from a famous figure or professor, about Al-And [...]

    21. ¿Durante el dominio árabe en España musulmanes, judíos y cristianos gozaban de libertades y vivían en convivencia pacífica? ¿Las mujeres eran tratadas como iguales en esas partes? ¿Había gran libertad religiosa? ¿La civilización visigoda de estos tiempos era una barbarie en relación al refinamiento musulmán? ¿Los textos de sabios griegos fueron salvados por los árabes? El libro responde con un no retundo, sustentado en una cantidad enorme de fuentes, buena cantidad de ellas de eso [...]

    22. Lays to waste two myths of Andalusian Spain. One: that Jews, Christians and Muslims coexisted together in relative peace during the Umayyad Caliphate and two: that the cross cultural exchange helped lead to the enlightenment because the Muslims world preserved Classical Greek philosophy. Al-Andalusia is very similar to Lebanon and other modern Muslim theocracies where Jews and Christians could in theory practice their faith but only on Muslims terms. Any deviation from these terms would be met w [...]

    23. Providing a clear picture of the philosophical and religious foundations of Muslim rule in medieval Spain, especially from the perspective of minorities such as Jews, Christian "dhimmis" and converted "muladis", and giving a full account of the implications of the Islamic conquest for the nascent Visigothic Hispano-Roman culture both constitute a herculean task difficult to accomplish in a roughly 300-page book. Notwithstanding the vastness of such an interesting topic, the author is capable of [...]

    24. While the author's historical evidence is presumably on-point, he can't disguise his disdain for Islam with his snidely worded caveats. The book grew more fair as it progressed, but it could have done without any of the numerous snipes of Islamic scholars.

    25. This book is an intellectual boxing match. The author shreds not just one opponent, but a series of intellectual bigots, prostitutes and manipulators of the common man. Fernandez-Morera's biceps gleam as his lightning footwork and peerless preparedness dazzle. Our hero risks much, from hate mail to non-person status. The reader is plunged into vast landscapes, international intrigue, arcane customs, and timeless heroism. One envisions veiled women and bejeweled slave girls, the smoking ruins of [...]

    26. This work examines the history of medieval Spain from the Muslim conquest in the early eighth century to the conclusion of the reconquista in 1492. However, it does so from the lens of an academic debate as to the nature of the civilization that existed under Islamic rule during that time period. Specifically, This book takes issue with a popular academic and journalistic conceit that the period of Islamic rule was one of benevolence, tolerance and multicultural coexistence. The word he most com [...]

    27. Is it really that difficult to be neutral while writing history? The book is an attempt to debunk the allegedly propagated 'Myth' of the religious harmony during the Islamic rule of Spain. I liked the premise of the book as I am fundamentally a skeptic - when someone tries to paint a rosy picture by saying "look how great things are", I immediately think "what are you hiding?". Hence I was looking forward to the author's systematic debunking of the myth. To a great extent, the author has been ab [...]

    28. I am not an expert in Muslim Spain, but I do have some experience in research. In my opinion, this book is suspiciously one sided and very unbalanced. The author's passion (obsession?) with denigrating one (Muslim) side of the story and praising the "superior" Christian culture made me chuckle many a times. I started the book as a very neutral reader, eager to learn about the period and having no anti- or pro- notions, but I quickly became very skeptical with the author's way of delivering his m [...]

    29. A book which dispels the myths regarding "Convivencia" and tears through the false narrative that pop historians and Hollywood continuously gives us: that amidst all the chaos and religious intolerance from Christian kingdoms, Islam broke the norm with implementing a system of rules and quotas that allowed their new subjects to live in peace and practice their religion freely.The truth as always is far less fanciful and a harder pill to swallow. These were highly violent eras where the two domin [...]

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