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on 18 April 2011
I bought this book to find out about the re-conquest of Andalusia by the Christians. However, it provides a wider scope than this, covering the whole period of Islamic rule from begining to end. Rather than a comprehensive text-book approach, it is more the author's guided tour, which is fine because he is clearly an expert. The author is American, and this sometimes intrudes, for example when he compares the population of Al-Andalus to that of Utah (?) There are few comparisons/contrasts with modern-day religious tensions, which I found a relief, and only the occasional repining for a time when Christians, Jews, and Muslims lived in relative harmony, at least compared with the subsequent injustices meted out under medieval Christendom.