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Islamic Spain

Any attempt to understand the history and culture of the Iberian peninsula must take account of that 'incredible Islamic legacy' ...
 Richard Fletcher, Islamic Spain 
   
The Other 1492
Diversity Abounds
Knowledge Shifts to Europe
Sumptuous Living

Over a thousand years ago, Europe experienced one of its greatest periods of cultural enlightenment.

For more than three centuries in Medieval Spain, Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together and prospered in a thriving multicultural civilization. Here, remarkable individuals of different faiths made lasting contributions in such areas as poetry, art, architecture, music, dining etiquette, science, agriculture, medicine, engineering, navigation, textiles, and even hydraulic technology.

Their rich, complex culture reached a high point in the Mediterranean Middle Ages. However, larger forces in conquest of land and power brought about puritanical judgments, absolutism and religious extremism. The conflict they triggered extinguished the shared learning that once flourished in this enlightened land.

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain takes viewers through an engaging, insightful journey into this critical period in world history. This website allows you to further explore this significant past to better understand the present.


Video Clips


Opening to the Cities of Light film

Islamic Spain:
What's for Breakfast?

Take an interactive look at how many items in our daily lives originated in Medieval Spain under Muslim rule.

   
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