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Muslim Spain and Portugal: A Political History of al-Andalus Hardcover – January 6, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0582299689 ISBN-10: 0582299683

 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Longman (January 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582299683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582299689
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,904,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'xxx;a clear introduction to a complex political story embracing nearly eight centuriesxxx;'

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hugh Kennedy attempts to summarize nearly eight centuries of complex History into a little over 300 pages. The result is a tedious, incomplete yet interesting read.
His intentions are to give the Muslim side of the story (an aspect which has been seriously considered by so-called "western" scholars only in the last half century, and which is sparking increasing interest especially in North, Central and South America).
As an academic Historian he achieves his goal at the price of having to oversimplify and often make assumptions based on the most current opinions. This is not necessarily to say that he is biased. But I do believe that he has over-extended the possibilities with this book. There is way too much information, which is too complicated to be compressed into such a small space.
He is to be admired for his ambition, but I'm afraid that unless you are already aware of the History of the area and just need a summary of events which is a bit more detailed than any encyclopedia, this book is going to be a heavy load to carry.
For the beginner who just needs to know more about Muslim Spain, this is a reliable source, but don't get discouraged by the density of its contents, take it one chapter at a time, and you can greatly benefit from it. For further details on certain aspects and for a list of sources, Kennedy provides a very good bibliography at the end, which will undoubtedly enrich your knowledge of the subject.
I give it four stars for its factual content (a very high achievement on its own), but won't give it the extra star because of the overload it causes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Glenn McDorman on July 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
Kennedy's book is a great introduction to the political history of Muslim Iberia. Densely packed with information, the book could have used more maps and lexcionic information. If you are not already familiar with the general outline of the situation in medieval Iberia (either from an encyclopedia or a survey of the Middle Ages), you may want to become so before tackling Kennedy's work. This book should serve as a foundation for building a larger and more detailed understanding through future reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gogol on July 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Very good book, not too sure what Amazon is on about describing this book as the first to be based upon Arabic sources. What about chejne or Taha or any number of orientalists such as Lane Poole?

Anyway, this a well written book, sraight and to the point. Fairly easy to read and covers all of the most important aspects of the history of Andalusia. For anyone wanting to study that period of Iberian history they may want to start with Lane Pooles book, move on to this one then look for the exellent books of L.P. Harvey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Carey on June 8, 2013
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I got hooked on learning as much as possible about the early history of the Moors who conquered Spain in 711. This is a great book for the novice and historian alike. It is a political history of Spain. If you want writings on music, art & architecture, economics, Philosophy and Science you will have to purchase The Legacy of Muslim Spain which can be expensive. I went directly to the publisher and got the two volume paperback for $40 which is a fifth of what it sells for on Amazon and other book stores. After reaing this book I visited Spain and went to many of the sites discussed in the book. It gives you an appreciation the Muslim contribution from 711-1492. A real eye opener.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nasrid on September 11, 2011
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Very complicated mot enough sub headings, the maps were minimal and poor, a good read for a afficionado, but could of been done much better. The value of $48 for a papepack of this quality was not good
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