The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

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A brilliant and fascinating portrait of medieval Spain explores the golden age when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance. of photos. 3 maps.
 

About Maria Rosa Menocal

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Maria Rosa Menocal is R. Selden Rose Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University.
 
Published November 11, 2009 by Back Bay Books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The era’s monuments, the great towers and mosques of southern Spain, still endure, as does its great literary testament, Don Quixote, “a postscript to the history of a first-rate place.” Alas, writes Menocal, this wonderland came crashing down with the late medieval clash of Inquisitorial Christi...

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In this splendid historical survey, Menocal, director of the Whitney Center at Yale, narrates the story of Islam's development in the West as well as the tale of how Christianity, Judaism and Islam once flourished side –by side, tolerating one another and borrowing language, art and architecture ...

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Some of the various developments that are discussed in this book include: the development of Hebrew as a "living" and poetic language once more (like Arabic), instead of as a language used solely for liturgical/religious purposes ownership and development of writing of vernacular languages (Ca...

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