The Islamic Storming Of Spain

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The Islamic storming of Spain was a tempestuous and conflicted time in history. Today it is often portrayed by historians as a battle of good versus evil; a forfeiting of an ebullient culture that diminished at the hand of Abd Al-Raḥmān 's Muslim-led army that began infiltrating Spain from North Africa in AD 711. However, what ensued thereafter was a convergence of great knowledge, trade innovation, and hydraulic technology that had not existed in the region before Islamic arrival. The idealistic “garden of paradise” came closer to reality with the rich climatic environment of Spain and the fabric of knowledge handed down from the Islamic world of the Moors. Upon the arrival of the Moors, who were essentially Muslims from North Africa,…show more content…
Most of Europe, especially that of which was under Christian rule, was very skeptical of pagan texts of the ancient Greeks and Romans and never came to study these writings due to discrimination. Muslims, however, did not ignore these valuable teachings and strove to find new knowledge within other cultures and societies. Much of Greek knowledge stems from the ancient Egyptians, the bulk of it being preserved at the Library of Alexandria. During the Muslim occupation of Alexandria, they had direct access to this elusive bank of knowledge and translated large amounts of books into Arabic, including the bible. From this, Islamic society tapped into a great understanding of the world around them and eventually brought this rich knowledge with them to the al-Andalus. Among theses teachings, Muslims had a great understanding of irrigation and hydraulic systems passed on from the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, which would become a great asset to their success in agriculture, landscaping, and gardening in Spain (“Al-Andalus History”). Virtually barren lands of the Iberian Peninsula became flourishing centers of agriculture through the implementation of hydraulic and irrigation technology of the Muslims, thus bringing great wealth and power to the region through trade. Plants including palm trees, citrus, avocado, and pomegranate, none of which had been seen in Europe before, became bountiful in al-Andalus
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