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Convivencia: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Medieval Spain Hardcover – Dec 1992


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Looks at the golden age produced by the mingling of the three cultures in medieval Spain and shows examples of arts and crafts.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Particularly interesting in this era of religious and cultural strife 29 Jan 2009
By Elizabeth A. Root - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This appears to be a reprint of the work originally published in 1992, so I will repeat my review here.

This is a catalog accompanying an exhibit at the Jewish Museum, New York, which was formally designated a project of the Spain '92 Foundation. Eight essays, a collection of catalog entries, and numerous photographs, mostly in color, reflect on the culture of Spain and al-Andalusia, and to a lesser extent Portugal and Navarre, between 711 and 1492. The focus is primarily upon the culture of the Jews, who, never being in political power, offer an interesting perspective on cultural cross-fertilization and tolerance on the Iberian peninsula.

I occasionally found the essays somewhat difficult to follow, not having much background in the various subjects. The greatest disappointment is that not all of the items in the exhibit are pictured, and so reading catalog descriptions of items that one cannot see is somewhat frustrating.

Despite these relatively minor criticisms, I found the book extremely enlightening, and considerably more subtle and complex than nostalgic views of a golden age. Particularly recommended in these times of religious and cultural strife.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Particularly interesting in this era of religious and cultural strife 29 Jan 2009
By Elizabeth A. Root - Published on Amazon.com
This is a catalog accompanying an exhibit at the Jewish Museum, New York, which was formally designated a project of the Spain '92 Foundation. Eight essays, a collection of catalog entries, and numerous photographs, mostly in color, reflect on the culture of Spain and al-Andalusia, and to a lesser extent Portugal and Navarre, between 711 and 1492. The focus is primarily upon the culture of the Jews, who, never being in political power, offer an interesting perspective on cultural cross-fertilization and tolerance on the Iberian peninsula.

I occasionally found the essays somewhat difficult to follow, not having much background in the various subjects. The greatest disappointment is that not all of the items in the exhibit are pictured, and so reading catalog descriptions of items that one cannot see is somewhat frustrating.

Despite these relatively minor criticisms, I found the book extremely enlightening, and considerably more subtle than nostalgic views of a golden age. Particularly recommended in these times of religious and cultural strife.
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By Sefa Derekoy - Published on Amazon.com
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