attempt to understand the history and culture of the Iberian peninsula
must take account of that 'incredible Islamic legacy' ...||
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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.