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Title Cities Of Light: The Rise And Fall Of Islamic Spain - Ep 1 of 2 / Director: Gardner, Robert
Published Australia : SBS ONE, 2010
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Summary Over a thousand years ago, in the south of Medieval Spain, Muslims, Christians and Jews lived side-by-side. The intertwining of their culture and beliefs saw the blossoming of great literature, architecture, philosophy, poetry and music. But greed, fear and intolerance saw this unique world vanish.This series takes viewers on an epic journey back to one of the most fascinating and important periods of World History when religious diversity was accommodated within a social and political system that finds echoes in todays society.The lemon tree, the water wheel and Aristotles lost philosophy all arrived in Europe through Islamic Spain, as did algebra and the beginnings of modern medicine, science and poetry. Here were the roots of the European Renaissance.Islamic Spain shows the rise and fall of a very rich culture, a complex culture that struggled with many of the things that face us today - diverse populations, nationalism, fundamentalism, power and war, says series director Rob Gardner.When complexity and diversity were embraced, the culture flourished. When fundamentalism and absolutism set in, the culture became toxic and failed.Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain features re-enactments, vivid footage of Islamic architecture, scenes of Spains exquisite scenery and analysis by world class historians and scholars including Lourdes Maria Alvarez, Director of the Centre for Catalan Studies; Brian Catlos, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz; Ahmad Dallal, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Chair of the Arabic and Islamic Studies Department at Georgetown University; and Raymond P. Scheidlin, Professor of Medieval Hebrew Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary and Director of JTSs Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry. (From the US, in English) (Part 1)
Event Broadcast 2010-02-04 at 14:30:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Civilization -- Islamic influences.
Islamic Empire.
Judaism -- Customs and practices.
Mosques -- Design and construction.
Italy -- Rome.
Form Streaming video
Author Catlos, Brian, contributor
Dallal, Ahmad, contributor
Gardner, Robert, director
Kamal, Mustapha, contributor
Lowney, Chris, contributor
Maria Alvarez, Lourdes, contributor
Mercurio, Sam, cast
Nirenberg, David, contributor
P. Scheindlin, Raymond, contributor
Remie Constable, Olivia, contributor