• Title: A History of Islamic Spain
  • Author: William Montgomery Watt Pierre Cachia
  • ISBN: 9780202309361
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • A History of Islamic Spain The period of Muslim occupation in Spain represents the only significant contact Islam Europe ever had on European soil In this important as well as fascinating study Watt traces Islam s influence up
    The period of Muslim occupation in Spain represents the only significant contact Islam Europe ever had on European soil In this important as well as fascinating study, Watt traces Islam s influence upon Spain European civilization from the collapse of the Visigoths in the 8th century to the fall of Granada in the 15th, considers Spain s importance as aThe period of Muslim occupation in Spain represents the only significant contact Islam Europe ever had on European soil In this important as well as fascinating study, Watt traces Islam s influence upon Spain European civilization from the collapse of the Visigoths in the 8th century to the fall of Granada in the 15th, considers Spain s importance as a part of the Islamic empire Particular attention is given to the golden period of economic political stability achieved under the Umayyads Without losing themselves in detail without sacrificing complexity, the authors discuss the political, social economic continuity in Islamic Spain, or al Andalus, in light of its cultural intellectual effects upon the rest of Europe Medieval Christianity found models of scholarship in the Islamic philosophers adapted the idea of holy war to its own purposes while the final reunification of Spain under the aegis of the Reconquista played a significant role in bringing Europe out of the Middle Ages A survey essential to anyone seeking a complete knowledge of European or Islamic history, the volume also includes sections on literature philology by Pierre Cachia.

    One Reply to “A History of Islamic Spain”

    1. عناية مونتقمري / مونتغمري بجزئية الفن والعمارة أجدها أعظم من تخصيصية الجانب الديني والسياسي في التاريخ الإسلامي. فكتباته مهما عظمت عند البعض فهي ممنهجة خطيرة خصوصًا تلك التي تناول فيها الرسول واصفًا تجربته وعظمته التي قامت على دوره ككاهن عظيم وغير وصفه بالشهوانية فيما يخـص [...]

    2. A bit dry but very informative and easy to read. For a class, this is a typical read and very classically history-based written. I leave it with a newfound pool of knowledge, but otherwise unfortunately no lasting impressions.

    3. Una buena introducción a la historia de los musulmanes en España. Tiene un montón de datos y análisis, sin limitarse a dar una relación de gobernantes y batallas. Además, el autor ha incluido capítulos sobre cultura y ciencias a cargo de especialistas en las materias correspondientes.

    4. Watt’s survey of Islamic Spain is not without its merits but it is also not without its faults. His skill is best shown when giving a political history of the Spain from the 8th to 15th centuries. He is detailed but not overbearing and manages to find an equilibrium between overwhelming and boring a lay reader. One aspect that I did not particularly cared for was his emphasis on poetry over architecture when discussing the art of Moorish Spain. As he himself admits, there was not a whole lot o [...]

    5. Kitap genelde güzel. Endülüs'ün sadece siyasi tarihini anlatmakla kalmamış, kültür, edebiyat, sanat, şiirvs noktasında ehemmiyetini bazı yerlerde detaylı bazı yerler yüzeysel biçimde anlatmış. Hristiyan dünyası ile olan ilişkileri yanında hilafet merkezi ile olan ilişkileri de karşılaştırmalı olarak tahlil etmiş diyebilirim. Kimi yerlerde oryantalist fikirlere de yer vermiş.Benim açımdan bu kitabı daha güzel şey ise kendi bilgilerimdeki kronolojik tarih ile para [...]

    6. Very dated, but a useful introduction for those who have no background on Spain prior to 1492CE. Covers all periods from the Islamic conquest of Hispania through to the fall of Granada. Particularly useful as Watt is an Islamicist, rather than a European historian. It is the latter who have written many of the most popular books on Islamic Spain, and thereby often don't utilize Arabic sources - or utilize them solely in translation.

    7. This book was loaned to me by a woman who said her ambition was to study the confluence of cultures--Jewish, Christian and Islamic--in Islamic Spain. Reading it was a delight because I knew so little about the Visigoths and pre-Christian Spain but had been exposed to Iberian intellectuals of the period in seminary without the kind of useful background this volume provided.

    8. Un libro muy informativo que sirve de buena introducción a la historia islámica de España. Recomendaría completar esta lectura con otros libros que detallen más los hechos de cada periodo.

    9. منتجمري وات احد المؤرخين المنصفين الذين تناولوا قصة الاندلس من فتحها حتى السقوط وسواء اختلفنا او اتفقنا معه فى تفسير الوقاءع والاحداث الا انه يظل كاتبا محايدا تناول التاريخ بنظرة موضوعية حتى وان كانت تحليلاته وتفسيراته مادية بحتة دون النظر للدين بشكل عام او الاسلام بشكل خا [...]

    10. Eurocentric perspective is detected in interpretations. Too short to cover a nearly 900 years old historical period. I would expect more from Prof. Watt.

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