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Book Title: A History of Islamic Spain|
The author of the book: William Montgomery Watt
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Edition: Anchor/Doubleday & Company (Garden City, NY)
Date of issue: 1967
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The period of Muslim occupation in Spain represents the only significant contact Islam & Europe were ever to have on European soil. In this important as well as fascinating study, Watt traces Islam's influence upon Spain & European civilization from the collapse of the Visigoths in the 8th century to the fall of Granada in the 15th, & considers Spain's importance as part of the Islamic empire. Particular attention is given to the golden period of economic & political stability achieved under the Umayyads. Without losing themselves in detail & without sacrificing complexity, the authors discuss the political, social & economic continuity in Islamic Spain, or al-Andalus, in light of its cultural & intellectual effects upon the rest of Europe. Medieval Xianity, Watt points out, found models of scholarship in the Islamic philosophers & adapted the idea of holy war to its own purposes while the final reunification of Spain under the aegis of the Reconquista played a significant role in bringing Europe out of the Middle Ages. A survey essential to anyone seeking a more complete knowledge of European or Islamic history, the volume also includes sections on literature & philology by Pierre Cachia. This series of Islamic surveys is designed to give educated readers something more than can be found in the usual popular books. Each work surveys a special part of the field & shows the present stage of scholarship. Where there is a clear picture this will be given; but where there are gaps, obscurities & differences of opinion, these will also be indicated. Full & annotated bibliographies will afford guidance to those who want to pursue their studies further. There will also be some account of the nature & extent of the source material. The series is addressed in the 1st place to educated readers, with little or no previous knowledge of the subject; its character is such that it should be of value also to students & others whose interest is of a more professional kind.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Montgomery Watt was a Scottish historian, an Emeritus Professor in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Watt was one of the foremost non-Muslim interpreters of Islam in the West, was an enormously influential scholar in the field of Islamic studies and a much-revered name for many Muslims all over the world." Watt's comprehensive biography of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, Muhammad at Mecca (1953) and Muhammad at Medina (1956), are considered to be classics in the field .
Watt held visiting professorships at the University of Toronto, the Collège de France, and Georgetown University, and received the American Giorgio Levi Della Vida Medal and won, as its first recipient, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies award for outstanding scholarship.
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