Unlocking The Secrets Of Moorish Spain
After the success of DUENDE, Jason Webster, one of the most exciting young travel writers today, continues his search for the essence of Spain, this time on a journey into the secrets of Moorish Spain.
Spain's Moorish past is evident everywhere you look. For centuries, Christians, Muslims and Jews lived in Spain side by side in peace, and it was home to some of the greatest minds in the world. After the Moors' expulsion in the seventeenth century, much of their knowledge, skill and artistry was lost.
Jason Webster originally travelled to Spain to play the flamenco guitar. A qualified Arabist, he now embarks on a quest for Spain's forgotten Arab legacy, and gets embroiled with characters who are as wild and original as those he described so vividly in Duende. What lessons can we learn today from the harmony that existed for so long in medieval Spain - and from the subsequent expulsion of its Muslims and Jews?
“Engaging and stimulating . . . it's a measure of his achievement . . . that he's managed to unlock several of the secrets of Moorish Spain without disturbing the enigma that lies at its heart.”
“Fast-paced and exciting . . . the intrinsic interest and, indeed, topicality of this book are obvious.”
Robert Irwin, Independent
“Gripping and original . . . no less unputdownable than its predecessor, but in many ways richer in texture and more mature. Webster is a totally engaging travelling companion - sensitive, observant, compassionate, witty and reflective . . . His impassioned and committed manner of combining history with travel anecdote makes Al Andalus come alive.”
“Webster imparts, with much verve, a lot of tumultuous Andalusian history . . . Essential reading.”
“Mesmerising . . . Given the current spotlight on Spain's fraught history with Islam, his book could not be more timely.”
“Highly entertaining. The writing is refined and elliptical, while Webster handles his material with huge assurance.”