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[文化博览] 【整理】2012-11-12 风情南西班牙 The Moorish South —10

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[Homework]2012-11-12 风情南西班牙 The Moorish South —10

-Hello! How are you?-You are the man with the secret way of getting the sherry from the cask. Unbelievable, I'll say. OK.
-See? OK.
-Can I have a go?
-Yes.
-OK. So I just sort of swing it? One, two. Yeah, it's easy to get it all over on the floor. Great, that's good. I've got some. That's about two out of ten.


But as well as indulging in the senses, the Moors were also intended on developing their mind. Reading was so valued that they turned script itself into a calling or native form of art. The Koran encouraged learning, saying it brought you close to God, and the Moors took this decree to heart. Cordoba was full of libraries, one of which was reputed to contain over 400,000 books, 10 times more than the contents of the libraries of the rest of Europe put together. The Moors made great advances in philosophy, literature, science and mathematics.


The Arab contribution to western thought was truly enormous. Among other things, it was through Al Andalus that the west rediscovered virtually all the ancient, great philosophy, through Al Andalus that we got the Hindu-Arab number system, hour-number system, the development of logical thought how we count and calculate. It's fair to say that the foundations for all of these things were laid in the great centers of Spanish-Islamic learning, like Cordoba.       





























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