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  1. I guess it’s easy to make your own map from history when you think no one’s going to do a mapquest on you.

  2. Excellent article, and great comments. Thank you for posting this. I’m making Got Medieval on of my regular stops on the Interwebs.

  3. Okay. There was a book published just a couple of years ago about the excellent civilization in Spain during the period in which Cordoba made its fame, and it’s got either Pearl or Jewel in its title, and it’s one of … a hundred books I’ve started and not finished, and it’s in this house SOMEWHERE — can someone tell me what and where it is, please?

    1. “The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain,” by Maria Rosa Menocal. I had a copy until last year when I moved, and I never got around to reading it. I’m pretty sure there was a lengthy review in The New York Review of Books.

          1. Ha. Thanks. Mine was the lighter paperback copy. I wonder if I lent it to a friend…..

          1. No, the ironing board is in the bedroom, next to the bicycle. The book USED to be on the headboard/bookcase, but it appears not to be there now.

  4. I don’t know…..
    On one hand we got Newt, the intellectual leadership of the GOP telling us the truth is right there in biblical black and white, as plain as the little pink nose on Howie’s face…….
    …on the other hand we have this…person…a blogger…a history student looking for “suitable” employment…who says the lessons of history are to be found in his textbooks.

    So does Newt need to read more textbooks…or does blogger need to read more bible?
    I’m going to go out on a limb here and stick with Bloomie on this one.
    Issue resolved. It’s a free country. Get over it.

    1. As far as justification for permitting the building, Bllomberg’s speech is sufficient. But as far as clearing up some distortions, misconceptions, and just plain lies about Muslim/Jewish/Christian relations over the past 1400 years, I do think we need to have voices like GotMedieval, and Maria Rosa Menocal, and Garry Wills, and Thomas Cahill, and many other writers and thinkers on matters historical and religious.

      1. I agree.
        I was speaking only to the Cordoba House issue.
        And I’m all for calling out ignorance when encountered, as long as it doesn’t result in just more “distortions, misconceptions, and just plain lies.”
        Newt is a racist, homophobic reactionary. That is the issue that needs to be confronted, not wether his reading of medieval history is correct or not.

    2. I wish for everyone that they’d stop looking at the Bible for what they think they’ve already found. I wish that for myself, as well.

  5. That was a very interesting read… thank you!

    P.S. We gave Pastor Barbara your book… she LOVES it, and is going to be in touch.

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