President Obama has cited Moorish Spain as a good example of peaceful co-existence
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has held up Moorish rule in Andalucia as a good example of a tolerant Islamic culture.
Obama cited the tolerance shown by the occupying Muslims towards other races and religions, during the times of Al Andalus, as a positive model.
“The USA and Islam don’t need to compete with each other”
He was proposing a “new beginning” in relations between the USA and the Muslim world.
Speaking in Egypt, he said: “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. We see that in the history of Andalucia and of Cordoba.
“The USA and Islam don’t need to compete with each other,” he continued, “Instead we need to share principles such as justice and tolerance.”
The Moors, who were a mixture of Muslims from North Africa and the Middle East, occupied much of the Iberian Peninsula from 711 until 1492, when the last caliphate was defeated by Christian forces at Santa Fe near Granada.
During their almost 800 years of occupation, they lived relatively amicably alongside Jews, Christians and gypsies.
They introduced many lasting and beneficial innovations to Spain, including irrigation, architecture, algebra, many new crops and a rich and diverse culture.