KINGDOMS OF FAITH
A New History of Islamic Spain

BRIAN A CATLOS
496pp ILLUS 2017 LIST PRICE: £25.00 HC31

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Prior accounts have portrayed Islamic Spain either as a paradise of enlightened tolerance, or as the site where civilisations clashed. The author taps a wide array of original sources to paint a more complex picture, showing how Muslims, Christians and Jews together built a sophisticated civilisation that transformed the Western world, even as they waged relentless war against each other and among themselves. Religion was often the language of conflict, but seldom its cause.

A gripping, colourful and humane account of a period that ought to be better known. HISTORY TODAY