The Ornament of the World

The Ornament of the World

How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created A Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

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Dispelling the myths that the Middle Ages were rife with religious persecution and intellectual stagnation, a mesmerizing glimpse into the world of medieval Spain reveals a culture where literature, science, and tolerance thrived for five hundred years. 20,000 first printing.

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In this engaging and learned volume, Menocal (Spanish and Portuguese, Yale U.) recounts the remarkable, multi-cultural history of medieval Spain, when Muslims ruled much of the country and elevated standards of art and learning. The narrative is suitable for the general reader. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Looks into the world of medieval Spain, revealing a culture where literature, science, and tolerance thrived for five hundred years.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2002
ISBN: 9780316566889
Branch Call Number: 946.02 M527o
Characteristics: xviii, 315 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Mar 20, 2017

A great book about the cultural history of Spain, specifically, and Europe, generally, rectifying the whitewashing, so to speak, that has erased from the popular imagination the Jews and the Muslims who preceded the Barbarians and lastly, Christians, of the Iberian Peninsula. The history also shows that religious intolerance among the surviving traditions is a modern problem that did not belong to medieval Spain.

danieljharari Jan 02, 2015

A primary reader for knowledge of Sephardim. Maria Rose Menocal provides a gateway to world unknown and unexplored to many.



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