Levels of cultural influence from al-Andalus to Romanic world in the Middle Age

The moment is come to begin a wide appreciation of the different levels of the cultural influence which took place in Spain and South of France from the Arab world trough al-Andalus and the Sefarad’s Jews. Let’s do a first account:

-Sciences: medicine, astronomy, law, grammar, history, geography, mathematics, biology, physics, philosophy and sexuality.

-Popular Music: instruments, rhythms, composition, melodies, social status and musicians.

-Love Poetry: a) Themes: Love bound, Tears of Love, Distance, Love’s Death, Love’s Madness, Supremacy of the Lover, Sacred Name of the Beloved, Places of Love (i. e. garden, River’s shores, Masjid’s patio), Grammar to love, Emaciated, Hope and desperation, Revival by Love, Sight, Fatal End in Love, Fascination in writing Love, Love’s Rawda (garden), Lost Sleep, Tell Mamma your Pain, Kiss me, What should I do, 3itâb (Hate by Love), Modern I love you. b) rhetoric forms, rhymes, verses, formulae.

-Gastronomy: Vegetables, combinations, order in presentation (salted before sweet), cleanness.

-Mysticism: Tawhîd, 3ishq, Imân, Theology, Tasawwuf.

Moor playing Music with Christian / Museo del Escorial

Cf. Robinson, C., 2002: In praise of Song: The Making of Courtly Culture in al-Andalus and Provence, 1005-1134 A.D. Brill, Leiden.

Robinson, 2002: 18:

“The fascination […] exercised by Arabic culture on Romance -or Occitan speaking nobles of the late 11th and 12th centuries was probably never more persuasive than on these court occasions when the full splendor of riches held by taifa sovereigns and their courtiers in still relatively inviolate treasuries were displayed before the eyes of their (often Christian, more often than many Muslims might have wished) visitors. Such displays were always accompanied by some sort of poetic recitation or performance of song, and these recitations, to judge from Arabic accounts concerning taifa court practice, almost always included lyric poetry, both spoken and sung, on the themes of wine and love.”

Quote done the 29th February 2008.

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