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The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a… (2002)

de María Rosa Menocal

Altres autors: Harold Bloom (Pròleg)

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Undoing the familiar notion of the Middle Ages as a period of religious persecution and intellectual stagnation, Menocal brings us a portrait of a medieval culture where literature, science, and tolerance flourished for 500 years. The story begins as a young prince in exile--the last heir to an Islamic dynasty--founds a new kingdom on the Iberian peninsula: al-Andalus. Combining the best of what Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures had to offer, al-Andalus and its successors influenced the rest of Europe in dramatic ways, from the death of liturgical Latin and the spread of secular poetry, to remarkable feats in architecture, science, and technology. The glory of the Andalusian kingdoms endured until the Renaissance, when Christian monarchs forcibly converted, executed, or expelled non-Catholics from Spain.… (més)
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    The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture de Jerrilynn D. Dodds (MarthaJeanne)
    MarthaJeanne: Ornament gives a good basis for understanding the history. Intimacy adds details and illustrations. They complement each other.
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This is a delightful romp through almost a thousand years of the Spanish history. It doesn't attempt to be comprehensive, but instead is a series of snapshots, with enough connections sketched in to keep the story coherent. The main theme is the notion of a first-class mind, from F. Scott Fitzgerald, applied here to cultures. There are four streams entangled - the three Abrahamic faiths along with the Greeks, mostly Aristotle.

I've seen references to the richness of Andalusian culture. This was a splendid way to dive in a little deeper. It leaves me with too many threads to follow! Never to be bored!

It was a strange enough coincidence that this book was written just before the attacks of 9/11/2001. That we seem to be getting trapped more tightly in battles over ideological purity is really sad. ( )
1 vota kukulaj | Nov 11, 2019 |
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, which was MEOW Date Saturday, June 16, 12,013 H.E.) was that "most people died alone" of the Black Plague. How aweful to see how readily our affections and ties to one another are abandoned.

But she also shows a culture of cooperation in her book which we can emulate today.
Peace,
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  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
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, which was MEOW Date Saturday, June 16, 12,013 H.E.) was that "most people died alone" of the Black Plague. How aweful to see how readily our affections and ties to one another are abandoned.

But she also shows a culture of cooperation in her book which we can emulate today.
Peace,
ShiraD. ( )
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
It's a pretty good. As this is something I know about, I got impatient with the fuzziness of the overview, and returned it to the library. But it's a nice intro for someone curious about Al-Andalus
  revliz | Sep 8, 2015 |
A well-written and interesting history of Spain from the eighth to the seventeenth century with a focus on the multi-ethnic, multi-faith states in the Iberian peninsula under Muslim (and Christian) rule. After a concise, detailed history of the Caliphate and Visigothic Spain, she gives a sort of chronological episodic history of the next seven centuries, often focusing on particular individuals and their works. While these episodes feature an individual or two, she uses them to give a snapshot of the history and culture at that particular moment, with examples of philosophy, Kaballah, poetry, and music. At times I felt that she was being hagiographic, playing up the talents of specific men and the tolerance of a particular ruler or era, downplaying some of the intolerance that was going on, sometimes only making passing references to things like anti-Jewish rioting that resulted in massacres. I still appreciate her arguments that this was an extraordinary period with a confluence of circumstances, personalities, geography, and religious cultures. Highly recommended for those with an interest in the history of Islam, Christianity, the Middle Ages, and Spain (in fact, now I want to go back to Spain and see these Alhambras, cathedrals, and tombs!). ( )
  belgrade18 | Apr 8, 2015 |
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María Rosa Menocalautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Bloom, HaroldPròlegautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kim, YeoriDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Muntada, FrancescAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Peters, F. E.Fotògrafautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sussman Levavi, MerylDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ward, Jeffrey L.Mapsautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Woolfitt, AdamAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Undoing the familiar notion of the Middle Ages as a period of religious persecution and intellectual stagnation, Menocal brings us a portrait of a medieval culture where literature, science, and tolerance flourished for 500 years. The story begins as a young prince in exile--the last heir to an Islamic dynasty--founds a new kingdom on the Iberian peninsula: al-Andalus. Combining the best of what Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures had to offer, al-Andalus and its successors influenced the rest of Europe in dramatic ways, from the death of liturgical Latin and the spread of secular poetry, to remarkable feats in architecture, science, and technology. The glory of the Andalusian kingdoms endured until the Renaissance, when Christian monarchs forcibly converted, executed, or expelled non-Catholics from Spain.

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