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A History of Islamic Spain

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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 a ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Aldine (first published 1965)
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Carlos Burga
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 of ...more
Feb 15, 2013 bekir rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Kitap genelde güzel. Endülüs'ün sadece siyasi tarihini anlatmakla kalmamış, kültür, edebiyat, sanat, şiir..vs 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 paralel gitmek oldu. Endülüs hakkınd
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.
Erik Graff
Jan 07, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Erik by: Astrid Stimic
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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.
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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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William Montgomery Watt was a Scottish historian, an Emeritus Professor in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Watt was one of the foremost non-Muslim interpreters of Islam in the West, was an enormously influential scholar in the field of Islamic studies and a much-revered name for many Muslims all over the world." Watt's comprehensive biography of the Islamic prophet, Muha ...more
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