Granada by Radwa AshourGranada by Radwa Ashour

Granada

byRadwa Ashour

Hardcover | November 30, 2003

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A powerful novel of life in the mixed culture that existed in Southern Spain before the expulsion of the Arabs and Jews. Radwa Ashour skillfully weaves a history of Granadan rule and an Arabic world into a novel that evokes cultural loss and the disappearance of a vanquished population. The novel follows the family of Abu Jaafar, the bookbinder--his wife, widowed daughter-in-law, her two children, and his two apprentices--as they witness Christopher Columbus and his entourage in a triumphant parade featuring exotic plants and animals, and human captives from the New World. Embedded in the narrative is the preparation for the marriage of Saad, one of the apprentices, and Saleema, Abu Jaafar's granddaughter--a scenario that is elegantly revealed in a number of parallel scenes. As the new rulers of Granada confiscate books, and officials burn the collected volumes, Abu Jaafur quietly moves his rich library out of town. Persecuted Muslims fight to form an independent government, but increasing economic and cultural pressures on the Arabs of Spain and Christian rulers culminate in Christian conversions and Muslim uprisings. A tale that is both vigorous and heartbreaking, this novel will appeal to general readers of Spanish and Arabic literature as well as anyone interested in Christian-Muslim relations.
Title:GranadaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 8.96 × 5.9 × 0.79 inPublished:November 30, 2003Publisher:Syracuse University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0815607652

ISBN - 13:9780815607656

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