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[文化博览] 【整理】2012-11-19 风情南西班牙 The Moorish South —13

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what you really notice about this space is the way in which every square inch
has been decorated, now that's unique and will become one of the hallmarks of
Spanish-islamic art, it's almost as if they developed a terra of empty space,

but the glory of Madinat al-Zahara was to be short-lived, less than a hundred
years after works on the palace began, it lay in ruins, in the 11th century
civil war engulfed Alandalus, the dynasty of Abd Ar-Rahman, rulers nearly over
300 years, was over-thrown, Madinat al-Zahara was sacked and looted, the golden
was over.

so why did the golden moment come to an end? well, some blame fierce political
rivalry between the various islamic tribes that made up muslin Spain from the
start, other say it was due to corruption within the Calif itself, but my own
favorite explanation was given by the greatest Spainish-arab historian of the
time, it's wonderful, it's the orange growth theory of history, he said, that
any society is doomed, once it becomes wealthy enough, therefore sendentary
enough to plant orange trees, maybe in the end, they will just undone by their
own success.

in 1031, Alandalus split into a dozens of self-governing city states, fighting
amongst each other for territory and power, but things were to get into far
worse,

I've come to the city of Seville, two hours of drive to the west of Cordoba,
in 11th century, this became the most important city in the Spain, home to
a new set of Arab rulers.
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