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ISBN: 0399128573
Author: Elmer Bendiner
Language: English
Publisher: Putnam; First Edition edition (1983)
Pages: 256
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Elmer Bendiner describes Cordoba at its zenith in the beneficent reign of Abdar Rahman III and his Jewish diplomat and physician, Hasdai ibn Shaprut. He gives us the tastes and smalls of Cordoban banquets and the sounds of music that accompanied them

Elmer Bendiner describes Cordoba at its zenith in the beneficent reign of Abdar Rahman III and his Jewish diplomat and physician, Hasdai ibn Shaprut. He gives us the tastes and smalls of Cordoban banquets and the sounds of music that accompanied them. Here is Ziryab, the setter of fashions who taught women how to wear hair and how to set their tables.

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Bendiner was born in Pittsburgh to William Bendiner, a businessman, and LillianĀ .

Bendiner was born in Pittsburgh to William Bendiner, a businessman, and Lillian (maiden name Schwartz). His brother was Robert Bendiner References.

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Book by Bendiner, Elmer. Others thought it a paradise because no one went hungry, the poor had some hope of riches, and the slaves could hope for freedom. An engaging history well seasoned with wit. 0.

Destination, rates & speeds. 4. The Rise and Fall of Paradise. Published by Dorset Press, Hippocrene Books (1990). ISBN 10: 0880294663 ISBN 13: 9780880294669.

This book is the first of two volumes devoted to the Gospel of John. The second one, focusing on chapters 13-21, will follow. The Rise and Fall of Paradise by Elmer Bendiner (1990, Hardcover, Reprint). Please come to this book with the heart and mind of a worshiper. John did not simply write a book; he painted exciting pictures. These pages are filled with images such as the Lamb, the Door, the Shepherd, the new birth, the light and darkness, the Water of Life, bread, blindness, seeds, and dozens more. His brother was Robert Bendiner. Among his better-known works are The Rise and Fall of Paradise (a history of al-Andalus), A Time for Angels: A Tragicomic History of the League of Nations, The Bowery Man, The Virgin Diplomats, Biographical Dictionary of Medicine (cowritten with his daughter Jessica), and The Fall of Fortresses.

Elmer Bendiner (Feb. 11, 1916 - Sept. 16, 2001) was a notable American writer and journalist. Bendiner was born in Pittsburgh to William Bendiner, a businessman, and Lillian (maiden name Schwartz).

rise to books like Elmer Bendiner's 1983 exercise in historical unreality, The Rise and Fall of Paradise: When Arabs and Jews Built a Kingdom in Spain.

At its most grotesque, this myth has given rise to books like Elmer Bendiner's 1983 exercise in historical unreality, The Rise and Fall of Paradise: When Arabs and Jews Built a Kingdom in Spain. The title says it all, embracing a myth that has taken hold largely by sheer dint of repetition, starting in the so-called Age of Reason.

Hardcover with color pictorial dust jacket. 1983. 256 p. 8.75x5.75x0.90. BOOK ON SCIENCE, ART AND RELIGION, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, MUSK, SLAVES - ANYTHING OF VALUE THAN COULD BE CARRIED OR DRIVEN. JEWISH PHYSICIANS PRACTICED AND TAUGHT THE PROFESSION THAT EVEN THEN WAS ANCIENT AND RESPECTED AMONG THEIR PEOPLE. AND JEWISH DIPLOMATS BROUGHT GLORY TO THE ARAB RULERS. WHEN ARABS AND JEWS BUILT A KINGDOM IN SPAIN

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Swordsong
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This is one of those treasures that have rested on my shelf for some time; an intriguing title that captured my attention during an afternoon browse. I finally made time to visit it and I'm glad I did. I am a history nut. Consequently I will plow through rather uninteresting books in search of some tid bit of information that enlightens me about a person, place or event. This little gem required no plowing. Written in delightful prose and full of wit and genuine style, Bendiner starts your journey in the modern day country side of the towns and cities which, in the distant past, were part of Andalusia; the Caliphate of Cordoba. Traveling through the Spanish country side he points out the present state of the ancient towns and gently walks you back to a time over 1,000 years ago to the land of Cordoba as it prepared itself for the reign of the Moors. I shall give you a brief picture of this fascinating adventure.

It was during the 6th and 7th centuries that the Roman influence had deteriorated to nothing more than a caste society. Members of society were locked into professions by birth, there was abject poverty, the influence of aristocracy was waning and the Roman infrastructure was laid waste. Coming out of the forests of eastern Europe, the Germanic tribes the Visigoths, Sueve, Basques and Franks cleared away the dross of the old empire by pillaging, raping and plundering throughout the countryside, converting to Christianity as they rampaged the continent. Once established, competing Christian dogma kept the various kingdoms in constant battle. That is, of course, when they were not all busy trying to convert or eradicate every last Jew on the continent. Baptism, death or exile were the only choices offered.

In the meantime, the Muslim kingdoms had conquered most of the North African shores. Spain was looking quite tempting at the time, but not enough was known to risk entering the country for conquest. Then along comes an incident at a river side when the reigning king of the Visigoths came upon a maiden fair and, well, you know the rest. Her father was not amused and convinced the Muslim army to make "an investigation." Europe was ripe for the picking and the "investigation" turned into a complete rout. Reaching Cordoba, the Muslim forces held a siege for three months until the Jews and dissident Christians within the walls helped the invaders reach their goal. Thus the door to Europe was flung wide open. This was in 713 CE.

Islam was having difficulty deciding the lines of succession from the great prophet and one of the families which suffered a falling out was the Omayyads. What could have been the last remaining prince of the line found his way to Cordoba to establish a emirate at least ostensibly answering to the Caliph is Damascus. Communications weren't all that great in that day so the Emir had far more freedom than was probably appreciated in the far distant capital. This enterprising survivor was the first Abdar Rahman and he was the father of a long line of rulers who, at times, were quite brilliant.

This is the ground work laid down for the dawning of a Renaissance that occurred much earlier than taught under that name. It occurred in the 10th century. Granted, there were stops and starts, wars and weak, inattentive rulers, but many were men who sought to bring education and economic health to their kingdoms. Their rule was tolerant to both Christians and Jews and, in fact, both prospered well. Europe became a stable place and prosperity was reaching the lowest of the low. No one went hungry. The arts, sciences, medicine, and education were available to all. Non-Muslims were taxed but not persecuted and, in fact, the Muslim judges went out of their way to foil the martyrdom yearnings of many young Christian fanatics. Sadly, not all took the hint. It was, indeed, a tolerant and wealthy kingdom.

Bendiner describes the political maneuverings of the kingdom, the search for writings from all over the known world to be translated into Arabic (lost when a later regime purged the library). He tells of the legends of Jews who traveled the world as merchants. They returned to Cordoba with much that fueled the economy of Andalusia. With dry wit, Bendiner reports the follies and foibles of monarch and subject alike. Eventually, this lovely paradise was desired too greatly by those that would use it and abuse it. But, for a shining century, the plains of Spain nurtured a kingdom built on the talents of all of its people.

The author's bibliography is provided in a narrative form. This is extremely helpful because he describes the history as it has been provided. As is the usual case, most of the written record has been preserved by persons with an agenda. It was his mission to describe the Caliphate not as a Christian, Muslim or Jew, but as an historian; watching the workings of successful and visionary rulers "When Arabs and Jews Built a Kingdom in Spain."

It you want to know more about history but just can't swallow those dates and places and people things; this type of adventure could be just the thing. It's a very different perspective on a time in history when minds were allowed to explore and create and society found some small bit of justice.
Humin
I'm reading through a series of books on the history of Islam and its culture. As such, this book gives a decent account of Moslem civilization in Spain. It has a lot of interesting stories, and shows that Islam had the superior civilization to Western Europe at this time (the Dark Ages of Western history). So why 3 stars? The author seems to jump around too much, instead of sticking with a flowing narrative. It's not that he's a bad writer...but there's something about it that makes your mind drift too many times. Also, his the book is advertised as a civilization built by Moslems and Jews, but that's misleading. It's principally an Ommayad society, and depending on the mood of the ruler he granted more or less freedom to his Jewish and Christian subjects.
Fortunately, it's not too long a book so you can work your way through it and come out having learned something.
Gunos
From the flyleaf: "This engaging history...begins when the last members fo the roman provincial middle class were still living amid faded glories, complaining of high taxes, too man people on welfare and too much crime in the streets. Then came the Visigoths rampaging through the country, raping, burning and looting, with the Jews as their special targets. The Arabs were brought in as saviors, their entry paved by Jewish soldiers, advisers and diplomats.
Elmer Bendiner describes Cordoba at its zenith in the beneficent reign of Abdar Rahman III and his Jewish diplomat and physician, Hasdai ibn Shaprut. He gives us the tastes and smalls of Cordoban banquets and the sounds of music that accompanied them. Here is Ziryab, the setter of fashions who taught women how to wear [their] hair and how to set their tables. Here also are the scholars, rabbis, poets, pirates, conniving eunuchs and the women who wielded a power that was never formally granted to them. And here are Andalusian troubadours, both Jews and Arabs, who sang of sacred and sensual love and wine more than of war."
This is a highly informative and entertaining book, including a wonderful chapter on Jewish traders.
Yozshugore
Written in a fresh style and full of insights instead of fact reciting, it replaces a hundred history textbooks about Cordoba's caliphate. For this alone you should read it, even if Jewish history or muslim Spain don't stir your interest.
It is a short, rare jewel.

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