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Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

    An excellent, beautifully written book about a fascinating, complex period of history. It is a shame that its rating is dragged down by an ignoramus like Mary-C, and 70% of a lazy book club. Please be guided by the more accurate professional reviews.

    An excellent, beautifully written book about a complex period of history. Yes, it is slow reading, because the subject is a very detailed history; but it is important, and fascinating to understand this background to our current world. It is a shame that its rating is dragged down by an ignoramus like Mary-C, and 70% of a lazy book club looking for books with easier words. We all read for different reasons. Please be guided by the (more accurate) professional reviews regarding the worth of this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

    Very well documented and researched, this is not fiction, this is not entertainment. If you are interested in learning, this is a book by a professor and the language is going to be of a higher level.

    I am researching Medieval Europe and this book had been very helpful.
    As I am of Spanish origins I knew of all this since school. This has been a great refresher course. Thank you to Ms. Menocal.
    I also recommend Women at Work in Medieval Europe, it is an eye opener for the many still believing the Middle Ages where a dark period.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

    Is this a satire?

    Wow. Besides the fact that it was mind-numbingly boring, this book was so factually inaccurate that at times I found myself wondering if it was a misguided attempt at humor in the form of a political satire.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    A very difficult, but informative read

    Seventy percent of my book club rejected this book, as too difficult to read. I agree that it is difficult, as her use of English is not for the average person. As an example, she used the word, 'risible', when 'laughable' is more readily understood. Another example of her grandiose language is the word 'hermeneutical', which means 'explanatory'. This will discourage many readers from acquiring the wealth of knowledge that this book contains. With the aid of the internet, this book has opened doors to history that I was not aware of, pertaining to the Arabic, Jewish, and Christian cultures of that period of time.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

    History that draws you in

    Menocal does a great job of weaving together history and theory to tell the tale of life in Andalusia. This thought provoking story is well worth the read.

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