Symbolism, Sacred Art, Metaphysics

Moorish Culture In Spain

Alisa Jaffa, William Stoddart


A unique study of the spirit and radiance of the eight hundred years spanning from the Moors’ arrival to the Iberian Peninsula in 711 until the Renaissance. This book 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.

This book is illustrated with 9 color plates, 81 monochrome plates, and over 100 engravings, line drawings, and maps.

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The Arab contribution to human progress–astronomy, mathematics, cosmology, the variety and magnificent wealth of architectural form–is a remarkable legacy of a people who entered the land as conquerors and became peaceful rulers. 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.

The author lived for many years in Morocco. His intimate knowledge of the language and his sensitive translations of Arabic religious and philosophic works won him renown in the academic world. In this beautifully illustrated volume, he united the brilliant artistic fluorescence 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.

TITUS BURCKHARDT, a German Swiss, was born in Florence in 1908 and died in Lausanne in 1984. He is perhaps best known to the general public as an art historian. He won much acclaim for producing and publishing the first successful full-scale facsimiles of the Book of Kells, a copy of which he presented to Pope Pius XII at his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. He later acted as a specialist advisor to UNESCO, with particular reference to the preservation of the unique architectural heritage of Fez.

Besides his studies in Islamic art, mysticism, and culture, such as Introduction to Sufi Doctrine, Fez: City of Islam, and Moorish Culture in Spain, his best known works are: Sacred Art in East and West, Siena: City of the Virgin, Chartres and the Birth of the Cathedral, and Alchemy: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul. Two notable compendiums of his work have also been published: Mirror of the Intellect: Essays on Traditional Science and Sacred Art and The Essential Titus Burckhardt: Reflections on Sacred Art, Faiths, and Civilizations, both translated and edited by William Stoddart.



I think its a unique account of this fascinating period which I was inspired to obtain having recently visited the lovely city of Cordoba. It makes you realise how intertwined our cultures and histories are across time language religion etc etc. At this time a sobering appreciation ....
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In this exquisitely illustrated book, art and literature are seen as focal points of civilization, those manifestations of human activity that are most informative about the enduring values of a society. Therefore, Burkhardt’s presentation is a narrative of high culture in Islamic Spain. As such, it is an effective introduction to Andalusi culture for the nonspecialist. The illustrations alone make the volume worth while, and author and editor have done a fine job of mating the visual material to the text, which frequently stresses the significance of artistic themes as abstract representations of philosophical and religious values generalized in the culture of urban Muslims.
Thomas F. Glick