The Ornament of the World

Traveling through Cordoba, Granada, Seville and Toledo, we retrace the 800-year period in medieval Spain when Muslims, Christians, and Jews forged a common cultural identity that frequently transcended their religious differences. This remarkable story reveals what made this rare and fruitful collaboration possible, and what ultimately tore it apart.

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Abd al-Rahman’s Flight


Abd al-Rahman escapes a massacre and becomes the most hunted man in the Muslim empire.

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Court of the Lions


An architectural “conversation” develops between monuments Alhambra and the Alcazar.

The Sacking of Cordoba


The violent reign of Al-Mansur leads to the end of Cordoba’s greatness.

The David of My Age


Samuel the Nagid, a Jewish spice shop worker, rises to second in power in Granada.

"The Neck Ring of the Dove"


Ibn Hazm, the polemical counterpart to Samuel, is best known for a book about love.