Understanding Islamic Art and its Influence

Three major exhibits currently on view in North American museums remind us of the greatness of the culture and civilization of the Islamic world and its transformative influence on Western Europe during the 8th to the 15th centuries.

For almost eight hundred years, the Iberian Peninsula in Spain formed part of the Islamic empire. This land, called “al Andalus” in Arabic was the most culturally sophisticated region of the continent, the unequaled artistic and scientific crossroads where Muslims, Jews and Catholics lived and worked and exchanged ideas in a harmony unequaled before or likely since.

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~ by suntravel on July 27, 2007.

 
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