Wilsons The Bird King blends fantasy, historical romance, magical realism, adventure, and the court tale in a story about the favored concubine of the last sultan of Granada, a mapmaker with world-shaping artistic abilities, and a werewolf/vampire jinn in the final days of Moorish Spain
and the rise of Catholic power in Iberia.
Entries from her personal travel diary accompany sumptuous recipes from Granada in the east to Cordoba at its heart and Seville in the south, bringing a taste of Moorish Spain
to kitchens everywhere.
Not just Juan and Abu Livia, as I found in my research, but many other Puerto Rican Muslims are looking toward Andalusia, or (http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/history/moorish-spain/) Moorish Spain
, to define who they are in a Puerto Rican society that claims a mixed background of indigenous, African and European influences.
Comparing Moorish Spain
with what was happening elsewhere in Europe at the time, Lane-Poole wrote: "The Moors organised that wonderful Kingdom of Cordova which was the Marvel of the Middle Ages, and which, when all Europe was plunged in barbaric ignorance and strife, alone held the torch of learning and civilisation bright and shining before the Western world ...
Cordoba was once the capital of Moorish Spain
and the most cultivated city in Europe between the 9th and 13th Centuries.
Balancing a mirage of seduction with the masked reality of a colonial republic, the exhibition examines, from Moorish Spain
to the Morocco of the Sharifians, the iconographic strategies of a studio painter who produced a major body of Orientalist work hitherto almost forgotten.
The blend of Moorish Spain
, Berber Africa and Arabic has continued to evolve throughout Algeria, Morocco and the like, with Muslim and Jewish musicians playing side by side and absorbing various influences.
Pederasty was notable to historians in Moorish Spain
, and Tuscany and northern Italy during the Renaissance.
Webster (2004) also recovers the hidden history of Moorish Spain
. His examination of the invisible story of the prototypical "Christian Warrior" El Cid is fascinating.
The existence of non-Muslims for centuries across the Muslim world, from Moorish Spain
and Sub-Saharan Africa to Egypt, Syria, India, and Indonesia are clear evidence of the religious tolerance extended by Islam to people of other faiths.
A cookbook from Moorish Spain
in the same era tells of rolling out a sheet of candy (made of boiled sugar, honey, sesame oil and flour), sprinkling it with rosewater, sugar and ground pistachios, and covering it with a second layer of candy before cutting it into triangles.
Traces of zajal were also found in 10th- to 12th-century Moorish Spain