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  • proper n. Islamic Spain (from 711-1492 CE)

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  • Islamic Spain, known as Al-Andalus, was home to immigrants from three Abrahamic faiths, whose cultures interlaced.

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  • Islamic rule over the region then known as Al-Andalus ended in 1492, when Granada, the last Muslim stronghold, capitulated to the Roman Catholic kings.

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  • Bibliographical Note: For an excellent popular introduction to Sepharad/Al-Andalus and its rich history and culture, Maria Rosa Menocal's The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (Little, Brown, 2002) is a great place to begin your studies.

    Understanding the Sephardi-Ashkenazi Split

  • Looking back at the vast expanse of Jewish history, the Jews of the Middle East and Mediterranean world had undergone a process of acculturation that stretched from the earliest sojourn in the Babylonian Diaspora, the home of the great Talmudic academies, to the high-water mark of Sepharad/Al-Andalus: the "Golden Age" of Spanish civilization under the Arab 'Umayyad caliphate.

    Understanding the Sephardi-Ashkenazi Split

  • The land that the Arabs called "Al-Andalus" and that the Jews called "Sepharad" was often torn by war and contention between the three religious groups, but at the same time afforded us a vision of a cultural symbiosis that successfully fused monotheistic belief with the scientific and philosophical heritage of Greece and Rome.

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  • Over the course of many centuries, Sepharad/Al-Andalus was a marker of Jewish creativity and cosmopolitanism afforded by Islam in contrast to the prison that was Christian Europe.

    David Shasha: Collateral Damage: Jewish Fratricide and the Demonizing of Córdoba

  • Indeed, many liberal Jews often countenance these racist views and argue on behalf of Islam only within the context of American civil rights rather than from the historical reality of Al-Andalus and Córdoba as important cultural landmarks for Jewish identity.

    David Shasha: Collateral Damage: Jewish Fratricide and the Demonizing of Córdoba

  • Indeed, many liberal Jews often countenance these racist views and argue on behalf of Islam only within the context of American civil rights rather than from the historical reality of Al-Andalus and Córdoba as important cultural landmarks for Jewish identity.

    David Shasha: Collateral Damage: Jewish Fratricide and the Demonizing of Córdoba

  • Turkey proper, because of the longevity of the Ottoman Empire, gets a bit more coverage, as does Al-Andalus, but sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia, Central Asia and Afghanistan are basically invisible.

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  • There was nothing tolerant about Al-Andalus. sarah

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