||At a time when ninety-nine percent
of the Christian people were wholly illiterate, the
Islamic city of Cordova had eight hundred public
schools, and there was not a village within the
limits of the empire where the blessings of
education could not be enjoyed by the children of
the most indigent peasant ...
||S.P. Scott in
The History of the Islamic Empire in Europe
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