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]
The most important lesson to me was to show us that media portrayals and political portrayals of Islam are not even close to accurate. [Inside Islam] showed that we must stop trying to dictate to the Middle East and instead try to learn about them.