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The Giralda II

In 1195, al-Mansur won a great victory against the forces of King Alfonso VIII in the Battle of Alarcos. To celebrate his triumph, he ordered four enor­mous gilded bronze balls – called...
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The Giralda

Modern Seville is a city of the Renaissance – the most Italian of Spanish cities, said a Venetian ambassador in the 16th cen­tury – and above all a city of the ba­roque, a...
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Manuscripts of Muslim Spain

Whenever anyone thinks of the art of Islamic Spain it is usually the great architectural monuments which come to mind; the Alhambra must be as familiar to most Europeans as the Parthenon. Yet the...
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Following Washington Irving III

Pilar, owner of Loja’s Posada Rincón, told me that her establishment opened its doors to travelers in 1810, and she recalled when its outer patio had not yet been roofed and was used...
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Following Washington Irving II

Irving felt himself almost more in Arabia than in Spain on this trip. Describing the lonely views of herdsmen and mule trains crossing a distant plain, he wrote, “thus the country, the...
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Following Washington Irving I

In his retelling of Moorish legends and traditions in The Conquest of Granada(published in 1829) and The Alhambra (1832)—both instant best-sellers and widely...
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The Art of Islamic Spain III

In architecture, buildings took on new forms and decoration. An example in the exhibition from the Aljaferia in Saragossa, the best-preserved palace complex of the taifa era, is a carved-stucco...
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The Art of Islamic Spain II

But that dynasty collapsed after the death of the formidable dictator-chamberlain al-Mansur in 1002 and the civil war of 1010-1013, and local governors proclaimed themselves taifas, or...
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The Art of Islamic Spain I

The Alhambra, site of the first presentation of the exhibition "Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain," has been an Orientalist fantasy since.. Washington Irving rediscovered it for the...
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The Cuisine of Al Andalus II

  Cherries, apples and pears were cultivated in the Ebro and Jalon river valleys and the much-appreciated figs nearly everywhere. The ones from the Seville area were the favorites. A...
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Granada’s top 10 Moorish secrets

    1. Best-preserved Islamic spot: The Carmen de la Victoria The word "carmen" – derived from the Arabic for a garden planted with vines – is a specifically...
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The Cuisine of Al-Andalus I

      One takes a fat young sheep, skinned and cleaned. It is opened between the two muscles and till that is in its stomach is carefully removed, In its interior one puts a...
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Listening for Al-Andalus

Their Iberian predecessors include these frieze figures from Santiago de Compostele, Spain. One of the world's most influential musical cultures flourished from the eighth to the 15th century...
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Touring Al-Andalus

Written by Tor Eigeland To please his passengers, our small plane's pilot banked steeply and flew two tight circles over the Alhambra before settling into his final approach to Granada's...
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Bringing History Alive

Link to original blog: By Muneeb Nasir (October 7, 2013) – Spain’s Al-Andalus region holds answers to many problems...
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Link to original blog: Early evening light drips through the giant windows of the tour bus and we lean...
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An Al Andalus Journey

Link to original blog: Ayaan Aden Al Andalus Journey Day One Monday 1 July My journey started this morning at about 4am,...
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A Discovery of Islamic Heritage

By Imam Dr. Abdul Hai Patel Islamic Heritage On Aug 14, 2013, 47 people from around the world met at Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport in Malaga, Spain and set out on a six day tour to discover...
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