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Medieval Spain: Ornament of the World

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ClassGraphic Visitors to Spain are told of a “golden age” (711-1492) where literature, science and the arts flourished; a time of a rich and thriving culture when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, cultural interaction and exchange.  Despite centuries of conflict and turmoil, they left a splendid legacy, including the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Alhambra in Granada, the Alcazar of Seville, libraries and colleges, and literature and poetry. Join us as we explore the glories of medieval Andalusia, as well as the disturbing counterview that this was a period of invasion by Islamist forces with a culture marked by religious and cultural repression in all areas of life. The belief has been widespread that Islam was a higher civilization than that of medieval Europe and that the destruction of this enlightened and sophisticated Andalusia should be lamented. We will explore this topic using two books: Maria Rosa Menocal’s The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (Back Bay Books, April 2003), and The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain, by Dario Fernandez-Morera (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2016). This is an 11-week study group starting 09/11/18.

Class Details

11 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Sharon Michalove2.Lynda Enequist3.Pat Stankard 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/11/2018 - 11/20/2018 Weekly - Tue 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Pat Stankard  ; Lynda Enequist  ; Sharon Michalove  ClassRoom