When the Moors Ruled in Europe

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As emceed by the celebrated revisionist historian Bettany Hughes, the epic documentary When the Moors Ruled in Europe challenges traditional perceptions of the titular anthropological group as brutal, crass barbarians, and suggests that this image was handed down to successive generations by those who "wrote" history - the Spanish historians whose countries were invaded by the Moors. As a product of careful research, Hughes cuts against the grain of popular thought by detailing the Moors' groundbreaking ...
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Overview

As emceed by the celebrated revisionist historian Bettany Hughes, the epic documentary When the Moors Ruled in Europe challenges traditional perceptions of the titular anthropological group as brutal, crass barbarians, and suggests that this image was handed down to successive generations by those who "wrote" history - the Spanish historians whose countries were invaded by the Moors. As a product of careful research, Hughes cuts against the grain of popular thought by detailing the Moors' groundbreaking advancements in such arenas as medicine, agriculture, astronomy, mathematics and architecture.
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Special Features

Interviews with European and American ; scholars
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • UPC: 054961808199
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,101

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bettany Hughes Participant
Technical Credits
Timothy Copestake Director
Philip Clarke Executive Producer
Rowan Deacon Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- When the Moors Ruled in Europe
1. Chapter 1 [7:53]
2. Chapter 2 [4:41]
3. Chapter 3 [9:55]
4. Chapter 4 [8:54]
5. Chapter 5 [10:30]
6. Chapter 6 [10:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- When the Moors Ruled in Europe
   Menu Group #1 with 6 chapter(s) covering 00:52:12
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Too Common Selective Reading of History

    Historian Bettany Hughes gives a decent, sometimes too politically correct overview of the influence of Islam on Medieval Spain. Ms. Hughes starts her journey with the conquest of the Visigoth Kingdom by the Moors coming from North Africa at the beginning of the 8th century C.E. She ends this journey with the fall of the Moorish Kingdom of Granada at the hands of the armies of the Catholic Monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand at the end of the 15th century C.E. Ms. Hughes introduces her audience to the splendors of Moorish architecture in cities such as Grenada, Cordoba, and Toledo. Ms. Hughes rightly reminds viewers about the decisive but often-ignored contribution of Moorish Spain to the European Renaissance in domains such as medicine, mathematics, and astronomy. Italy is usually credited as the key driver for the European Renaissance. To her credit, Ms. Hughes emphasizes that the Christian Reconquista of Moorish Spain often was about gaining land, prestige, and wealth under a veneer of religious fervor. The Reconquista turned out to be a civil war rather than the black-and-white antagonism between Christianity and Islam that has carried the day in the popular imagination. Many inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula converted to Islam for a variety of reasons in the centuries following the arrival of the Moors. Ms. Hughes rightly compares the expulsion of many Muslims from Spain after 1492 C.E. with what is today understood as ethnic cleansing. Ms. Hughes is at her weakest when she almost completely ignores the important contribution of the Jewish community to the splendor of Moorish Spain. That lapse of judgment is somewhat surprising because Ms. Hughes rightly denounces again and again the selective interpretation that has been given to the contribution of Moorish Spain to this day.

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