Andalusian Literature and the West

By Prof. Dr. ‘Abdulwāħid Lúlúa The major development in Andalusian literature was in the realm of poetry. The Andalusians were not really interested in the narrative art, except where it was of a historical nature. Like their predecessors in the Arab East, where the poets of Syria and Iraq formed the literary background, the Andalusians were poets first. Even if there may be doubts about the three lines of Arabic poetry ascribed by Ibn Khaldūn to the Berber Ţāriq ibn Ziād, who led the first conquest of Andalus in 711,…

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An historical perspective on Muslim Andalus State

from the print edition (October-December 2011) Muslim Andalus State had a phenomenal rise and a phenomenal fall. Andalus is a glorious chapter in the development of Islamic Civilization. Its rise signifies the power of Islam in revolutionizing societies within no time and creating new horizons of civilization. Its fall signals the failure of its followers to apply it in its true spirit. Islam arose from Mecca, soon took the whole Arab world and within a few centuries Islamic World became the biggest power on the earth. But as the old…

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