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La quimera de al-Andalus

La quimera de al-Andalus

Author: Serafín Fanjul
Publisher: Siglo XXI de España Editores
ISBN: 8432311502
Pages: 271
Year: 2004
Pese a ser un tópico mil veces repetido, la denominada singularidad de al-Andalus en la realidad no lo fue tanto. Sólo una visión localista -en la cual han incurrido tanto detractores como fervorosos partidarios- que olvide el islam medieval y moderno en su coniunto puede insistir en esa mixtificación histórica y desconocer que la Península Ibérica no fue la única tierra de confrontación entre esa religión y su cultura correlativa y las propias de los países conquistados por los árabes: Sicilia, Bulgaria, Grecia, Yugoslavia, la India... también son territorios en los cuales el islam entró por la fuerza de las armas y acabó reculando por la reacción a largo plazo de las poblaciones respectivas o por la aparición de conquistadores nuevos. La Hispania medieval no constituyó una excepción, ni siquiera en Europa, como lugar de afincamiento y retroceso de la religión musulmana y, sin embargo, tal idea está presente de modo subliminal y repetitivo, cuando no declarado, en discursos políticos, ensayos, prensa, televisión y en un imaginario colectivo más y más falseado en la medida en que se busca cuartear la imagen de España como nación. Al-Andalus no fue ningún paraíso ni algo ajeno a los países islámicos medievales, sino uno más de ellos. Contribuir a desmitificar esa etapa de la historia de la Península es tarea necesaria que la presente obra acomete sin complejos.Serafín Fanjul es Catedrático de Literatura Árabe en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, autor de Al-Andalus contra España. La forja del mito (Siglo XXI, 2000), así como de diversos estudios literarios (Literatura popular árabe, Canciones populares árabes y El mawwal egipcio) y de varias traducciones de obras cimeras de la literatura árabe (Libro de los avaros de al-Yahiz, A través del islam de Ibn Battuta, Maqamas de al-Hamadani o Descripción general de África de Juan León Africano); también ha publicado un libro de relatos breves (El retorno de Xan Furabolos) y dos novelas (Los de Chile y Habanera de Alberto García).
Al-Andalus contra España

Al-Andalus contra España

Author: Serafín Fanjul
Publisher: Siglo XXI de España Editores
ISBN: 8432316555
Pages: 371
Year: 2014-02-12
Fruto del Romanticismo literario se desarrolla en el siglo XIX la mitificación de al-Andalus. Desde entonces, dos imágenes por igual hipertrofiadas tienden a representar en exclusiva esta faceta de la Historia de España. Y si bien hoy en día nadie sostiene en serio que ignorancia, despoblación y desertización africanas fueran el corolario inevitable de la invasión musulmana, por el contrario-y por razones muy de momento- sí subsiste una corriente publicística que no se contenta con embellecer en su magín los surtidores del Generalife con bancos o jardines de hace cuatro días, insconsciente del daño que a la propia comprensión han perpetrado los malos poetas y va mucho más lejos, manteniendo que un al-Andalus superior, refinado y culto sucumbió ante unos cristianos bárbaros, ignorantes y torpes. La idealización maurófila, al retomar para la Hispania musulmana dos de los mitos más caros al eurocentrismo (el del Buen Salvaje y el del Paraíso Perdido), trasluce una actitud que se sale del terreno del análisis racional de la sociedad y de la Historia y se hunde en el de la fe o las creencias religiosas.
Fascism and Communism

Fascism and Communism

Author: Franöois Furet, Ernst Nolte
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803269145
Pages: 98
Year: 2004
In his major work on communism, the international bestseller The Passing of an Illusion, the eminent French historian Franöois Furet devoted a lengthy footnote to German historian Ernst Nolte?s interpretation of fascism. Nolte responded, a correspondence ensued, and the result was the remarkable exchange presented in this volume. Fascism and Communism offers readers the rare opportunity to witness and learn from a confrontation between two of the world?s most distinguished historians over one of the most serious subjects of our time. Each from a different perspective, Furet and Nolte offer compelling arguments for the common genealogy of these two ideologies as well as reasons for the intellectual community?s rejection of this explosive thesis throughout the twentieth century. This discussion leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of totalitarianism as well as the trajectory and interpretation of modern European history.
Homage to al-Andalus

Homage to al-Andalus

Author: Michael B. Barry
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0956038352
Pages: 256
Year: 2008-11-01
The Iberian Peninsula was conquered by Islamic forces in 711 AD and the Islamic presence continued in this part of Europe for 900 years. This presence left an indelible stamp in Spain and Portugal, like the wonders of the Alhambra and the Great Mosque of Córdoba. Its legacy also extends to the rich seam of learning, in science, medicine, literature and philosophy that was later transmitted to the rest of Europe. How did all this come about? In this engaging book Michael Barry tells the story of al-Andalus, its rise to splendour and sophistication and its decline. Richly illustrated with outstanding photographs, it shows the achievements of this extraordinary time. Written in an accessible form, this book sets out the fascinating events from the conquest up to the final expulsion of the people of al-Andalus from Spain, a tale which has resonance with events happening today. It is a book which is essential for those interested in history, for those who want to know this absorbing story and for those who wish to travel in Spain and experience the remarkable legacy of al-Andalus.
The Afterlife of al-Andalus

The Afterlife of al-Andalus

Author: Christina Civantos
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438466692
Pages: 378
Year: 2017-11-21
The first study to undertake a wide-ranging comparison of invocations of al-Andalus across the Arab and Hispanic worlds. Around the globe, concerns about interfaith relations have led to efforts to find earlier models in Muslim Iberia (al-Andalus). This book examines how Muslim Iberia operates as an icon or symbol of identity in twentieth and twenty-first century narrative, drama, television, and film from the Arab world, Spain, and Argentina. Christina Civantos demonstrates how cultural agents in the present ascribe importance to the past and how dominant accounts of this importance are contested. Civantos’s analysis reveals that, alongside established narratives that use al-Andalus to create exclusionary, imperial identities, there are alternate discourses about the legacy of al-Andalus that rewrite the traditional narratives. In the process, these discourses critique their imperial and gendered dimensions and pursue intercultural translation.
The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

Author: Darío Fernández-Morera
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504034694
Pages: 288
Year: 2016-02-09
Scholars, journalists, and politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain—“al-Andalus”—as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: it is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise shines light on hidden features of this medieval culture by drawing on an abundance of primary sources that scholars have ignored, as well as archaeological evidence only recently unearthed. This supposed beacon of peaceful coexistence began, of course, with the Islamic Caliphate’s conquest of Spain. Far from a land of tolerance, Islamic Spain was marked by religious and therefore cultural repression in all areas of life, and by the marginalization of Christians and other groups—all this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its “multiculturalism” and “diversity,” Fernández-Morera sets the record straight—showing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless.
Defending Life

Defending Life

Author: Francis J. Beckwith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139466429
Pages:
Year: 2007-08-13
Defending Life is arguably the most comprehensive defense of the pro-life position on abortion - morally, legally, and politically - that has ever been published in an academic monograph. It offers a detailed and critical analysis of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey as well as arguments by those who defend a Rawlsian case for abortion-choice, such as J. J. Thomson. The author defends the substance view of persons as the view with the most explanatory power. The substance view entails that the unborn is a subject of moral rights from conception. While defending this view, the author responds to the arguments of thinkers such as Boonin, Dworkin, Stretton, Ford and Brody. He also critiques Thomson's famous violinist argument and its revisions by Boonin and McDonagh. Defending Life includes chapters critiquing arguments found in popular politics and the controversy over cloning and stem cell research.
Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree

Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree

Author: Tariq Ali
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1480448532
Pages: 242
Year: 2013-10-15
A novel of the deep roots of the clash between Islam and the WestThe savagery of the Reconquest tore apart the world of the Banu Hudayl family. For the doomed Muslims of late-fifteenth-century Spain, the approaching forces of Christendom bring not peace but the sword. Capturing the brutality of a war both military and cultural—and the price paid by the innocent—Tariq Ali opens his Islam Quintet with a harrowing and profound historical fiction.
Al-Andalus, una imagen en la historia

Al-Andalus, una imagen en la historia

Author: Serafín Fanjul, Francisco Rodríguez Adrados
Publisher:
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Pages: 163
Year: 2012

Historia de Al-Andalus

Historia de Al-Andalus

Author: Ibn Al-Kardabus
Publisher: Ediciones AKAL
ISBN: 8446027879
Pages: 176
Year: 2008-11-01
Para el mejor reconocimiento y la recuperación de la historia de nuestro país, nada mejor que acudir a las fuentes originales, y más en un periodo como el de la España medieval, dividida en distintos reinos con intereses en conflicto. De la mano de esta cuidada edición de Historia de al-Andalus, traducida por primera vez al castellano, la España musulmana se nos muestra vista e historiada por los árabes. Este libro, que abarca aproximadamente los años 710 a 1199, aporta información de primera mano, a través de personajes como el conquistador Tariq, el jefe Almanzor o los cristianos Alfonso VI, el Cid y Álvar Fáñez, entre otros.
The Wife of Martin Guerre

The Wife of Martin Guerre

Author: Janet Lewis
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0804040532
Pages: 112
Year: 2013-07-15
In this new edition of Janet Lewis’s classic short novel, The Wife of Martin Guerre, Swallow Press executive editor Kevin Haworth writes that Lewis’s story is “a short novel of astonishing depth and resonance, a sharply drawn historical tale that asks contemporary questions about identity and belonging, about men and women, and about an individual’s capacity to act within an inflexible system.” Originally published in 1941, The Wife of Martin Guerre has earned the respect and admiration of critics and readers for over sixty years. Based on a notorious trial in sixteenth-century France, this story of Bertrande de Rols is the first of three novels making up Lewis’s Cases of Circumstantial Evidence suite (the other two are The Trial of Sören Qvist and The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron). Swallow Press is delighted and honored to offer readers beautiful new editions of all three Cases of Circumstantial Evidence novels, each featuring a new introduction by Kevin Haworth.
The Antichrist

The Antichrist

Author: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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Pages: 182
Year: 1920

Al-Qanṭara

Al-Qanṭara

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Year: 2004

Las tres culturas

Las tres culturas

Author:
Publisher: Real Academia de la Historia
ISBN: 8495983990
Pages: 260
Year: 2004

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie (Great Discoveries)

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie (Great Discoveries)

Author: Barbara Goldsmith
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393079767
Pages: 320
Year: 2011-05-16
The bestselling, "excellent…poignant—and scientifically lucid—portrait" (New York Times Book Review) of the remarkable Marie Curie. Through family interviews, diaries, letters, and workbooks that had been sealed for over sixty years, Barbara Goldsmith reveals the Marie Curie behind the myth—an all-too-human woman struggling to balance a spectacular scientific career, a demanding family, the prejudice of society, and her own passionate nature. Obsessive Genius is a dazzling portrait of Curie, her amazing scientific success, and the price she paid for fame.