Posted by: Tony Carson | 22 August, 2007

Remembering Islamic Spain

Talk about a candle in the wind. Spain for the 500 years to about when Christopher Columbus walked away from the Alhambra across the vega to Seville then on to North America, was the brilliance of the world.

This article in the Christian Science Monitor entitled Islamic Spain: history’s refrain reminds us of the glories of that era: “Islamic Spain lasted longer than the Roman Empire. It marked a period and a place where for hundreds of years a relative religious tolerance prevailed in medieval Europe.”

Sure, it turned out badly, but in its heyday Spain was the very symbol of tolerance, progress, creativity, imagination and discovery, and it was mainly Islamic.

We can learn from yesterday.



  1. Hi Tony,

    First of all a nice blog and post, their is a great documentary about Spain (Islamic Spain) by Bettany Hughes ‘When the Moors Ruled in Europe’. you can watch that on you tube I guess.

    Once again a nice blog.


  2. Another documentary I remembered just now is

    Islam – Empire of Faith (narrated by Ben Kingsley – I guess), You can search on YOU TUBE for Empire of Faith ISLAM and for the one mentioned above by Bettany Hughes.

    If you cant find it, let me know and I will be more then happy to send one copy to you.

    Keep up with the good commentary and writing…Best of Luck

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