The greatest and most memorable contributions civilizations make arise from outpourings of creativity and intelligence, not war and politics. [Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World]
Very much to its credit, Cities of Light draws commentary from a wide range of scholars Muslim, Christian and Jewish. It also makes a compelling case for why Islamic Spain, a civilization that lasted longer than the Roman Empire, is not just a golden age of Islam, but is a catalyst for the European Renaissance. And it's a cautionary tale of how fanaticism in any religious belief can be deadly.