MOORISH CULTURE IN SPAIN

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MOORISH CULTURE IN SPAIN

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MOORISH CULTURE IN SPAIN

MOORISH CULTURE IN SPAIN Titus Burckhardt This is a unique study of the spirit and radiance of the eight hundred years of Muslim dominance of Southern Spain, from the time of the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in 711 until the Renaissance. It examines the manner of life and the achievements: in architecture, poetry, philosophy, religion and music that developed in Andalusia, the center of the North African Arab Empire on the European continent. The Arab contribution to human progress: astronomy, mathematics, cosmology, the variety and magnificent wealth of architectural form could fully develop in Spain and is a remarkable legacy of a people who entered the land as conquerors and became peaceful masters. From the establishment of the first mosque in Cordova in 785 until the time of their expulsion by the Catholic Kings in 1492, the Moors dominated the intellectual life of the area and had a profound impact on European civilization which assimilated many of their ideas. In this beautifully illustrated volume, Burckhardt unites the brilliant artistic florescence of Moorish culture with the spiritual and poetic expressions into a wonderfully comprehensive landscape, which no lover of art, no visitor to Spain, no one halfway interested in Spanish art and culture should be without. The volume contains nine colour plates, eighty-one monochrome plates and over hundred engravings, line drawings, and maps.

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Titus Burckhardt

Titus Burckhardt (1908-1984) (Ibrāhīm ‘Izz ud-Dīn) was the son of the Swiss sculptor, Carl Burckhardt, and a member of a patrician family of Basle. Although he first followed in his father’s footsteps as a sculptor and illustrator, he was since his childhood always strongly attracted to oriental art. This led him to a theoretical study of eastern doctrines and to repeated sojourns in the Islamic countries. After some years of studying the history of art and oriental languages, he became director of a publishing house, the Graf-Verlag, which specialised in facsimile editions of ancient manuscripts. In 1972, he was appointed to UNESCO for the preservation of the ancient city of Fez. He was himself an artist and a writer. Well known as the general editor of a magnificent series of art books on sacred cities, and the author of these that deal with SiennaChartres and Fez, he has also written such authoritative works as Moorish Culture in SpainSacred Art in East and WestAn Introduction to the Sufi DoctrineLetters of a Sufi Master and Alchemy: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul, which is perhaps the best book on Alchemy to be written in the twentieth century. His collected essays have appeared in English under the title Mirror of the Intellect.

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