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Built by a bloody and threatened dynasty of Muslim Spain, it was preserved as a monument to the triumph of Christianity. Much of what we see is the invention of later generations. Its highly sophisticated decoration is not just random but full of hidden meaning. Even its purpose - palace or theological college - is not always clear. Its influence on art, and on literature, orientalist painting and Granada cinemas, Washington Irving and Borges, has been significant. Robert Irwin enables us to understand that history more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 144 x 200 x 26mm | 340.2g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861974124
  • 9781861974129

About Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin lives in London. His fiction includes The Arabian Nightmare (1983) and Exquisite Corpse (1995). His many books and articles on Islamic subjects include The Arabian Nights: A Companion (1994) and Islamic Art (1997).show more

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