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How Islamic civilization tamed Western Europe
"Inspiring" --The Observer (U.K.)
Join British historian Bettany Hughes as she examines a long-buried chapter of European history--the rise and fall of Islamic culture in what is now Spain and Portugal. Although generations of Spanish rulers have tried to expunge this era from the historical record, recent archaeology and scholarship now shed fresh light on the Moors who flourished in Al-Andalus for more than 700 years.
This fascinating two-part documentary explodes old stereotypes and offers shocking new insights. Youll discover the ingenious mathematics behind Granadas dazzling Alhambra Palace, trace El Cids lineage to his Moorish roots, and learn how the Iberian population willingly converted to Islam in droves.
Through interviews with noted scholars, youll see how Moorish advances in mathematics, astronomy, art, and agriculture helped propel the West out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance. What emerges is a richly detailed portrait of a sensuous, inquisitive, and remarkably progressive Islamic culture in Christian Europe.
"The drama seems infused, suddenly, with important complexity, with great questions of war, peace, civilian casualties -- The Wall Street Journal
highly informative and entertaining -- Memorable TV
Very descriptive but not the whole story. Needed to elaborate more on the people and how they came to Spain and who they were.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Visually lovely and filled with interesting anecdotes and interviews, this film provides some corrective to modern day views. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Marian McClure Taylor
Good piece of history that is often overlooked..great documentaryPublished 16 days ago by Abdul R Zafar
if you like history , you would love it .don't be near minded ,This is history we like it or not ,Published 20 days ago by the duke
Catholics had a vested interest to keep the truth away. After all they were the only reason the DARK AGES existed all whilst the Muslim were seeking knowledge. Read morePublished 25 days ago by MCMLX
the first part is pretty boring the second part is a lot more interestingPublished 1 month ago by Jerry