Saturday, August 07, 2010

Got Medieval: Professor Newt's Distorted History Lesson

Got Medieval: Professor Newt's Distorted History Lesson: "In 962 Abd-er Rahman III was succeeded by his son Al-Hakim. Owing to the peace which the Christians of Cordova then enjoyed [...] the citizens of Cordova, Arabs, Christians, and Jews, enjoyed so high a degree of literary culture that the city was known as the New Athens. From all quarters came students eager to drink at its founts of knowledge. Among the men afterwards famous who studied at Cordova were the scholarly monk Gerbert, destined to sit on the Chair of Peter as Sylvester II (999-1003), the Jewish rabbis Moses and Maimonides, and the famous Spanish-Arabian commentator on Aristotle, Averroes.
So it's easy to see why a group of Muslims creating a community center in the heart of a majority Christian country in a city known for its large Jewish population might name it 'The Cordoba House' They're not, as Gingrich hopes we would believe, discreetly laughing at us because 'Cordoba' is some double-secret Islamist code for 'conquest'; rather, they're hoping to associate themselves with a particular time in medieval history when the largest library in Western Europe was to be found in Cordoba, a city in which�scholars of all three major Abrahamic religions were free to study side-by-side."