Members of each faith lived in communities that were often separate yet intertwined. Jewish, Muslim and Christian courts enforced separate laws. But Jewish merchants plied their trade to Christians and Muslims – and vice versa. A Muslim ruler appointed a Jewish scholar to head his army. Christian rulers from Europe sent their finest scholars to study in Al-Andalus. [Cities of Light]
[Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World ] does not attempt to cover the entire history or geography of Islamic art. There's a thematic approach instead, with sections devoted to a single broad topic: The Word, Space, Ornament, Color, Water. Art discussed in one section turns up in another, giving the film a cohesive sweep.