The Moors

The Moors

Prelude to the Renaissance

Streaming Video - 2007
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Over seven centuries of Islamic rule, Spain became the cultural jewel of Europe. This program illustrates that flowering of art and science, placing the rebirth of classical learning in Andalusian rather than Italian cities. Writer Bettany Hughes speaks with Antonia Almagro of the Spanish National Research Council about the intellectual and aesthetic revelations a visitor from Florence or Venice might have experienced in Muslim Granada or Toledo. She also hears from historian Emilio Gonzales Ferrin, who contrasts the initial wave of Islamic settlers with more fundamentalist reinforcements brought up to defend against the Christian reconquest. Questions behind the identity of the Spanish hero Guzman El Bueno reflect these complexities within Islam.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2007], c2007
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (50 min.) : sd., col., digital file

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