Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain (UK Edition)

December 10, 2020
Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain (UK Edition)

Prior accounts have portrayed Islamic Spain either as a paradiseof enlightened tolerance, or as the site where civilisationsclashed. Award-winning historian Brian A. Catlos taps a wide arrayof original sources to paint a more complex picture, showing howMuslims, Christians, and Jews together built a sophisticatedcivilisation that transformed the Western world, even as they wagedrelentless war against each other and amongst themselves. Religionwas often the language of conflict, but seldom its cause--a lessonwe would do well to learn in our own time. Kingdoms of Faithrewrites Spain's Islamic past from the ground up, evoking thecultural splendour of al-Andalus and the many forces that shapedit.