Saturday, 18 April 2009

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

Maria Rosa Menocal writes a gripping and colourful story of Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain) in a style that makes it difficult to put down this book. Meticulously researched it nevertheless reads like a good novel. It is not a dry history but a series of vignettes that illustrate the amazing diversity and extraordinary juxtapositions of life in Andalusia. Often ignored by medievalists, this history is one to which Europe owes a great debt. A culture of convivencia (living together) that produced immense progress in science, the arts, medicine, literature, and philosophy, as well as some of the most important writings from both Jewish and Muslim philosopher-mystics and led the way for the renaissance in Europe. It is full of nostalgia for a time past but for one that can still speak to a modern world in crisis.

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Welcome to a Treasure Trove of Sufi Books and Music

Dear Friends and Readers,

Welcome to the Sufi Book and Music Blog. Step in and look around the many sections here that all relate to an aspect of Sufism. There are also DVD's of music from master musicians. If you know of any books that are not here then you are welcome to write and let me know so I can add them. The idea of this site is to bring together in one place as many books on the subject of Sufism as possible so that it is easier for you to discover what is available without doing long searches. So take your time and browse as you would in any library or book store. As I speak of the books available in the store so it is also an opportunity to look at different aspects of the Sufi path and the many friends who have trodden this path in the past and in the present day.