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A break with the Western tradition comes with the Andalusian culture that emerged in the eighth century Spain. Muslims began to invade Spain and this gradually led to a great influence of the crescent on the cross. Side by side with the new rulers lived the Christians and Jews in peace. This beginning of a new opening to the western world was due to the orders of Islam. The expansion policy of Islam told all of the Muslims to go through west and to spread the Islamic mind to all the Europeans. Under the light of this simple ideology, in 711, the key date of Andalusian history shifts focus. The entering of the first Arab contingents constituted the beginning of eight centuries of Islamic domination. The period of the Caliph of Cordoba was a flourishing period making the entire region the centre of gravity of Western Islam.
So when Europe was darkened at sunset, Cordova shone with public lamps; Europe was dirty Cordova built a thousand baths; Europe was covered with vermin, Cordoba changed it's undergarments daily; Europe lay in mud, Cordova's streets were paved; Europe's palaces had smoke holes in the ceiling, Cordova's arabesques were exquisite; Europe's nobility could not sign its name, Cordova's children went to school; Europe's monks could not read the baptismal service, Cordoba's teachers created a library of Alexandrian dimensions.

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  • Jun 13, 2000
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