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Islamic Spain: History's refrain
"At its peak, it lit the Dark Ages with science and philosophy, poetry, art, and architecture. It was the period remembered as a golden age for European Jews. Breakthroughs in medicine, the introduction of the number zero, the lost philosophy of Aristotle, even the prototype for the guitar all came to Europe through Islamic Spain."
Documentary chronicles centuries of interfaith relations
"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."
Spain's Islamic Roller Coaster Ride
"Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain” a fascinating, intelligent and extremely well-done documentary about Spain under Islamic rule"
Wednesday must be Muslim night on TV
"[D]irector Rob Gardner (Islam: Empire of Faith) takes us through the cycle of 700 years of extraordinary civilization in southern Spain, where religious tolerance and cultural diversity blossomed and wilted; where seeds of the Renaissance and the Holocaust were both planted; where possible met impossible."
TV Review: Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
"Award-winning director Rob Gardner... has crafted a superb, compelling true tale about another world — one so long ago…but one that provides some warnings to the present world. Because he shows how when there was diversity, creativity flowered and the various communities coped, lived side by side, and blossomed."
Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain Debuts
"[I]ssues of religious intolerance continue to divide nations. This film serves as an example of both the glories of a multicultural society and the tensions that arise when one religious or political faction tries to force their ideas onto the society as a whole."
"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."
Cities of Light: An Intruiging Documentary
"...one has to admit (even a fierce critic of multiculturalism such as me) that [the documentary makers] made a good case and that they did not hide the downsides of the society of al-Andalus. When different groups fought against each other, when fundamentalists tried to take control over cities or villages, the documentary spends attention to it and explains when things went wrong and why."