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The Myth of the Andalusian ParadiseScholars journalists and politicians uphold Muslim ruled medieval Spainal Andalusas 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 Daro Fernndez 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 This supposed beacon of peaceful coexistence began of course with the Islamic Caliphates conuest of Spain Far from a land of tolerance Islamic Spain was marked by religious and therefore cultural repression in all areas of life and by the marginalization of Christians and other groupsall this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities As professors politicians and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its multiculturalism and diversity Fernndez Morera sets the record straightshowing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless There is no doubt that Dario Fernandez Morera a professor educated at Harvard is well ualified to write this book This is abundantly evident in the authority with which he presents the material and the impressive notes at the end of the book backing up his points; almost a volume in itself I recommend looking him up on YouTube for instance his interview with Professor Gad SaadThroughout the book Fernandez Morera includes dozens of epigraphs uotations from all kinds of sources including from academics the mainstream media and politicians including Obama which have spread myths about Spain in the period between the eighth and thirteenth centuries These leave the reader in no doubt that the nonsense has spread far and wide and is deep especially in universities On every single point of misinformation and there are many of them Fernandez Morera painstakingly presents the evidence that disproves the myths There was no convivencia no multicultural paradise in Medieval Spain we are left in no doubt about that long before finishing the book So strong is the case that by the end the myths had for me become every bit as farcical as a Monty Python sketch Instead ofAlright but apart from the sanitation the medicine education wine public order irrigation roads the fresh water system and public health what have the Romans ever done for us?with Medieval Spain we could easily have something likeAlright but apart from the violent conuest beheading crucifixions raping and pillaging enslavement the expulsions to Africa the jizya extortion the ritual humiliation lower status discriminatory laws the erasure of culture and identity the demolition of churches and severe restrictions on worship what did Islamic Spain ever do to them?There was no peaceful invasion as if it were a migration but instead a violent and bloody conuest Jihad was at the time always understood in terms of holy war by the Muslims themselves Christians and Jews were not treated well they were treated as inferior They had nowhere near eual rights to Muslims It was not an enlightened civilisation taking over a backward civilisation uite the opposite The progress of civilisation was severely hampered not helped Christian churches were demolished and the superior materials used to build mosues with severe restrictions imposed on Christian worship It was subjugation not tolerance Women including Muslims were not better off they were worse offThere are so many examples too many to mention of different myths that have and are still being spread about medieval Spain that the author puts under scrutiny and demolishes; it's uite breathtaking And actually annoyingEarly on the author points out that this is a book about the period in uestion Clearly though it is of crucial relevance today 'The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise' was published in 2016 There is another epigraph which I would add to the author's list from a book by Sayeeda Warsi 'The Enemy Within A Tale of Muslim Britain' which is about the problems of today It was published just after in 2017 otherwise I am certain Fernandez Morera would have included it if he came across it such a gem it isAs my good friend the political journalist and broadcaster Mehdi Hasan writes we don't need 'a Christian style reformation of Islam' with all its injustices persecution and bloodletting but 'Muslims do need to rediscover their own heritage of pluralism tolerance and mutual respect embodied in say the Prophet's letter to the monks of St Catherine's monastery or the convivencia or co existence of medieval Muslim Spain' p186Tolerance and respect in medieval Spain is not the only myth Warsi tries to spread in her book including as you can see grossly distorted ChristianIslamic comparisons But there are strong echoes of all the deceit and misinformation found in the treatment of medieval Spain when you look at the present day discussions on multiculturalism and diversity from politicians like Warsi academics and the mainstream media The same rigorous scrutiny Fernandez Morera applies to what really happened in Spain needs to be applied to what is happening today

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Scholars journalists and politicians uphold Muslim ruled medieval Spainal Andalusas 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 Daro Fernndez 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 This supposed beacon of peaceful coexistence began of course with the Islamic Caliphates conuest of Spain Far from a land of tolerance Islamic Spain was marked by religious and therefore cultural repression in all areas of life and by the marginalization of Christians and other groupsall this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities As professors politicians and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its multiculturalism and diversity Fernndez Morera sets the record straightshowing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless Why some historians feel the compulsion to overstate ad nauseam their thesis by inflating their polemical counterarguments well beyond scholarly objectivity? The author commits the usual sin of “ presentism “ by drawing comparisons not between contemporary medieval societies but between our own liberal norms and those of past societies Indiscriminate violence and religious intolerance were not the preserve of Muslim societies but were widespread across most Christian Western Societies Didn’t a famous English king warrior threaten to kill all the inhabitants of Calais and was ready to slaughter their eminent burghers surrendering the keys of the city?Didnt his son massacre without pity all the inhabitants of Limoges? Didn’t the French Crusaders fighting the Cathar heresy butcher all the inhabitants of a city that surrendered on the advice of the Bishop who proclaimed that God will know his ownThe Crusaders committed endless abominable acts in the name of Christ with indiscriminate destruction and butchering of besieged citizens in Antioch Jerusalem etc The Muslim invaders were no different but at least gave their defeated opponents the choice to convert or become “ Dhimmis “ and pay the JizyaThe changing of names of locations and towns after an invasion and occupation of foreign land has been common to all hegemonic occupying forces throughout historyIt doesn’t necessarily delete the past of a country or indicate tyrannical rule Burma didn’t displace Myanmar Siam didn’t obliterate Thailand It is a weak argumentThe author keeps harping about the Maliki legal school and their fatwas that he finds cruel and patently discriminating against the Infidels This is a matter of interpretation as many modern scholars believe that the rigid application of strict measures against the “ Dhimmis” was if anything lax hence the regular exhortations of the Ulemas who were outraged by the leniency of Rulers There is a wide gap between legal pronouncements and on the ground attitudesThe book constantly denigrates the contribution of Muslim Scholars to Science and Medicine The arguments frankly are ridiculous with their hostile bias There was a strong Andalusian musical tradition ironically kept alive over the centuries by the descendants of the Jews expelled to North Africa Moreover how can he deny the importance of the Canon of Medicine by Avicenna used for centuries in Medical Schools throughout Europe? What about the great Arab geographer from Sicily Al Idrisi and the great Persian polymath Al Biruni The Tunisian Ibn Khaldoun considered the founder of political sociology and Ibn al Haytham AlHazen the great Physicist who corrected the Aristotelian theories about light and vision & the first known experimentalist The Andalusian Al Battani contributed to the tables of Toledo used by Copernicus to predict movements of the Sun moon etc The polymath Ibn Rushd of Córdoba otherwise Averroes was a free thinker condemned later by the Catholic Church in view of his advanced views about faith and religious dogma I could carry onThe author reminds us that the only route of success in Muslim Spain was to convert to Islam Yet many Christians and Jews became prominent in government and other areas because of their own abilities Muslim Spain produced at least three great Jewish thinkers namely Ibn Gabirol Judah Halevi and Maimonides No Jewish thinker came to prominence in Europe before Spinoza in the 17th Century There was no pogroms of Christians or Jews in Medieval Muslim Spain whereas the Jews in Europe were regularly persecuted murdered and subject to arbitrary expulsion as in England in 1290 The Catalan theologian and polymath Ramon Llull who lived at the end of the 13th Century was the first to call for the expulsion of all Jews unless they converted to Christianity No Muslim scholar ever called for the expulsion of all Non Muslims from the lands of Islam Large Christian communities remain in Ira Syria and Egypt to this dayEuropean Crusaders didn’t just fight in the Holy land they killed with impunity some of their own citizenry like the heretic Cathars and the Teutonic Knights rampaged for years through Prussia and Eastern Baltic regions with the pretext of extirpating Paganism in 13th Century Europe One must not overlook the fratricidal wars opposing the crowns of England and France for than a hundred years Should we bring in by way of comparison the enslavement mass murders and atrocities committed by the Spanish Conuistadors against the pagan Amerindians?One can multiply the examples Medieval Muslim Spain was by contrast accommodating and tolerant though one has to accept that such concepts are all relative Relative to the contemporary mentalities as opposed to our own times Though even this is arguable It is a great historical distorsion to describe Muslim Spain as a Taliban or ISIS ruled society The book elaborates the crudest polemic to support unsophisticated Islamophobia

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