Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain
Brian A. Catlos
Prior accounts have portrayed Islamic Spain either as a paradise of enlightened tolerance, or as the site where civilisations clashed. Award-winning historian Brian A. Catlos taps a wide array of original sources to paint a more complex picture, showing how Muslims, Christians, and Jews together built a sophisticated civilisation that transformed the Western world, even as they waged relentless war against each other and amongst themselves.
Religion was often the language of conflict, but seldom its cause - a lesson we would do well to learn in our own time. Kingdoms of Faith rewrites Spain's Islamic past from the ground up, evoking the cultural splendour of al-Andalus and the many forces that shaped it.
Prelude: The Beginning of Islam and the End of Antiquity
Part I: Conquest
Part II: Transformation
Part III: Triumph
Part IV: Disarray
Part V: Romance
Part VI: Shards
Epilogue: Al-Andalus Unmoored