Cities Of Light: The Rise And Fall Of Islamic Spain
Airs Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, May 28, 2010
Credit: Char Gardner
Over a thousand years ago, Europe experienced one of its greatest periods of cultural enlightenment. "Cities Of Light: The Rise And Fall Of Islamic Spain" (from the producers of "Muhammad: Legacy Of A Prophet") takes viewers on an epic journey back into one of the most captivating and important periods of world history — a centuries-long period when Muslims, Christians and Jews inhabited the same far corner of Western Europe and thrived.
The lemon tree, the water wheel and Aristotle's lost philosophy all arrived in Europe through Islamic Spain, as did algebra and the beginnings of modern medicine, science and poetry. Here were the very roots of the European Renaissance. But the fragile union dissipated, destroyed by greed, fear and intolerance.
"If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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