When The Moors Ruled in Europe

103 minutes 6.9/10 based on 9 votes

Join British historian Bettany Hughes as she examines a long-buried chapter of European history – the rise and fall of Islamic culture in what is now Spain and Portugal. Although generations of Spanish rulers have tried to expunge this era from the historical record, recent archaeology and scholarship now shed fresh light on the Moors who flourished in Al-Andalus for more than 700 years.

This documentary explodes old stereotypes and offers shocking new insights. You’ll discover the ingenious mathematics behind Granada’s dazzling Alhambra Palace, trace El Cid’s lineage to his Moorish roots, and learn how the Iberian population willingly converted to Islam in droves.

Through interviews with noted scholars, you’ll see how Moorish advances in mathematics, astronomy, art, and agriculture helped propel the West out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance. What emerges is a richly detailed portrait of a sensuous, inquisitive, and remarkably progressive Islamic culture in Christian Europe.

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  • Haider Gildred

    A great educational video that speaks to the Golden Age of Islam when great advances were made and all faiths lived in peace side by side in the great learning institutions Mosques and Universities of the Muslims and the beautiful gardens of Andalusia (Spain and Portugal). May the Golden Age return in our lifetime. InshaAllah.

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