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The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

Muslims, Christians, and Jews Under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain
Lu par : Bob Souer
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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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  • Victor Y'Barbo
  • 18/03/2019

Historian(MA student) Approved

I had purchased this book a good while before I started listening to it and a physical copy even before that. It wasn’t until after a professor in one of my graduate classes on the British Empire in India asked the class about the “reconquest” of Spain while we were discussing the “western bias” in history that I started listening to it. Even after I answered him by saying we call it a reconquest because the Spaniards did reconquer Spain and Portugal after being invaded by the Moors he dismissed my answer by implying that the Spaniards had no more right to Spain then the Moors did. That what the Spanish did was not a reconquest but a conquest plain and simple. That trying to add the justification of the Spanish retaking their homeland was little more then a invention of western history to make the White Christians the heroes and the Brown Muslims the villains. I never for a second believed a word of what my professor was trying to convince me of, and I only wish I had read this book sooner so as to have been better equipped to fully rebut his egregious claims.

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  • 20/11/2016

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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  • Nicholas
  • 14/11/2016

Authoritative

Absolutely dripping with concrete, reliable and unapologetic facts that shed needed attention to Islamic Spain. Dario gives no quarters as he unveils the numerous a-historic "scholar's" views and statements around the topic going from the 8-15th century that either mislead or deliberately lie on behalf of the Muslim rulers or shame the Christian victims.

So refreshing to not be force feed lies! Recommend highly!

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  • Dre Gonsales
  • 03/08/2017

Fantastic read!

This book is an extremely well written, well cited, and informative look at an often misrepresented chapter of history.

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  • David
  • 31/07/2016

I should have known better all along.

I have been a casual student of Greek, Roman and Islamic history for a long time and nothing documented here was a surprise to me. What was surprising is I never bothered to deliberately connect the obvious dots for the relevant picture of Spain! For example, I was aware Spain at the time of the conquest was ruled by Visigothic aristocracy of several centuries duration. I also knew Arab and Berber forces displaced them.

What I failed to appreciate was the Arabs and Berbers were several orders of magnitude lower on the barbarian scrotum pole then the aristocracy they replaced. If not for the reconquest Spain today would be culturally North African. Think Algeria.

PS: I seldom buy a book rated below 4.4 and in this case consulted Goodreads because so few ratings have been made so far. Goodreads generally runs about one half point lower then Audible and this book had 4.4 That is one of the highest ratings I have ever seen there.

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  • Z
  • 25/09/2016

Great book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It tells the truth of the myth that was Córdoba. The author uses actual sources from Muslim, Christian and Jewish scholars and eyewitness accounts.

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  • LadyLindi
  • 29/05/2017

Too Little Content and a Bit Polemic

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. It's not that the book didn't have some useful content - it's just that it could have been said in 25-50 pages. The books was also too polemic for my comfort - I do actually agree with his view of Andalusia (for the same reasons, most of which I already knew) but I am distrustful of books out to prove a premise, even if the premise is correct. I understand he was writing to show why current academia is wrong on this, but I still prefer a truth seeking book, not an "I'm going to prove you wrong" presentation. Although I wouldn't call this an anti-Muslim book, it will be interpreted as such because of the way it is written, since we are in a time and culture where consigning everything Islamic to hell on earth is common.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/06/2017

Excellent book of the true story of Spain under The Muslims.

This book turned out to be excellent and I became more excited about it as it went on. At first the scholarly nature, and somewhat flat narration, of the book made it initially troublesome to follow. However, after persevering through the first chapter, I came to appreciate the author's depth of research and the tremendous amount of original sources, both Christian and Muslim, which the author referenced to prove the author's arguments. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been suspicious of the "history" portrayed as conventional wisdom in mainstream liberal, frequently anti-Christian, writings, which are read without question by most and accepted, from the time of elementary school on, as "the truth".

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  • Dinosorcerer
  • 17/04/2017

a well sourced takedown of popular misconceptions.

this book uses primarily Islamic sources to take down a popular misconception of a harmonious and epicurean Al Andalus. the fact that the reality the sources of this book talk about is rarely if ever reflected in modern discourse about Islamic Spain is shocking. Morera's use of epigraphs and source quotations may come off as repetitive, but Morera uses these quotations to build the fortress that is his two-part argument: first, that the popular misconception of Islamic Spain is widely held, and second, that it is indeed a misconception. I highly recommend this book.

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  • S. Rhodes
  • 04/03/2017

The real history.

No islamic apology or whitewash here. The author has used primary spanish sources and contrasted them to current comments by multicultural islamic apologists. An interesting and detailed exposition.

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