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Scholars, journalists, and 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 groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise shines light on hidden features of this medieval culture by drawing on an abundance of primary sources that scholars have ignored, as well as archaeological evidence only recently unearthed.
As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its "multiculturalism" and "diversity", Fernández-Morera sets the record straight - showing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless.
©2016 Darío Fernández-Morera (P)2016 Tantor
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By Amazon Customer on 11-20-16

Courageous book

The reader was superlative. And I've heard a lot if audio books. And the book is an act of intellectual courage.

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By George Manolopoulos on 09-01-17

Great book

It was very interesting to read this book. Being raised on the other side of the Mediterranean I was familiar with the history of the brutal occupation of the Near East and present day Greece by the Ottoman Turks. So it makes perfect sense to me to hear stories and examples from Muslim occupied Spain that were exactly the same as the Ottoman Turk occupation of Christian lands.

Why would Muslim domination be any different elsewhere?

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By Mark on 09-30-16

An inconvenient truth

Full of information and enjoyable narrative. A must for those who have hunger for truth over fairy tales.

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By Anthony M on 12-25-16

An important book with relevance for now

Referencing a vast collection of Muslim, Christian and Jewish sources past and present the author clarifies Islam as an ideology of conquest whose ultimate expression in armed Jihad and goal quite literally world domination expressed explicitly in the Quran and numerous Hadith. Contrary to fashionable whimsical contemporary academic analysis the Muslim conquest of Spain.and its subsequent rule was brutal and uncompromising designed foremost to uphold the supremacy of Arab Muslims over its conquered subjects, prevent them "contaminating" Islam and extort from them protection money in the form of special taxes - all practices mandated by the Quran and upheld by Islam to this day.

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By Kolia Zhivago on 09-20-17

Muslim Spain was not a nice place

This scholarly work vividly exposes the lie that Muslim Spain was a haven of tolerance and high Muslim culture. It's a must read for all who want to understand the richness of Visigoth Spain and how it was overshadowed and subsumed by heartless invaders whose fanatical religious iconoclastic zeal cast a shadow and stain on Europe that must be seen for what it was and not romanticized by modern politically correct revisionists.

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