● Manifest Destiny of Imperial Decline: A History of American Injustice (Arabic Only)
● History of Injustice in the Arab World (Arabic Only)
● Martyrdom of the Andalusian Nation (Arabic Only)
My interest in Al Andalus was sparked in the late 1970s by Stanley Lane-Poole’s The Story of the Moors in Spain which was first published in 1886, or 10 years before the death of his uncle Edward William Lane. Like his uncle, Stanley (18 December 1854 – 29 December 1931) was bitten by the Orient’s bug hard. From 1874 to 1892 he worked in the British Museum, and after that in Egypt researching Archaeology. From 1897 to 1904 he had a chair as Professor of Arabic studies at Dublin University.
Following a ‘survey’ of Spain with my girl friend, Susan, who later became my wife, I began writing my first book on Al Andalus in Abu Dhabi, and was published in Cairo in January 1983 with three more editions to follow. At the time very little was available in Arabic on the plight of the Andalusians who remained in their Iberian home following three centuries of conquest by the Iberian north.
The current Arab and Islamic interest in Andalusian history can only be described as ‘phenomenal’. The loss of Arab Spain appears to have remained painful but not for the reasons heard often from some Spaniards. The most important legacy of Al Andalus is not Cordoba, Sevilla or Granada but the fact that only in Arab and Muslim Spain the dream of the joint effort by Muslims, Christians and Jews was combined to create one of the greatest cultures the world has ever known. It was a golden age indeed, and the experience was never repeated anywhere else with the same Andalusian flavour.
● The Andalusian Moriscos (Arabic Only)
Four editions of this book were published in Cairo and Damascus and it remains very popular although a major expanded update of the book was released many years ago with the title Martyrdom of the Andalusian Nation. Both books are in Arabic and those interested can download free PDF copies.
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