Talk:Fall of Granada

From New World Encyclopedia
Unification Aspects: The Fall of Granada in 1492, the same year that saw Christopher Columbus sail for the New World, ended 780 years of Islam Muslim rule in the the Iberian peninsula, where they were known as the Moors. This event had a global impact, giving impetus to the Spanish conquest of the New World and giving that enterprise a religious hue. The Moors for much of their rule in Spain oversaw a thriving culture in which fruitful scholarly and theological exchange took place between Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Some of the most gifted Muslim scholars had lived or worked in Moorish Spain. Distinguished Christians traveled to study there at the great academies, with their magnificent libraries. Sun Myung Moon has established universities and Colleges and schools believing that scholarship is a necessary foundation of God's kingdom of earth in order to combat ignorance and to fill the world with wisdom and beauty. The society that flourished in Moorish Andalusia was one in which people of different faiths not only tolerated each other, but allowed the other's views to influence their own. The great Christian theologian, Thomas Aquinas looked upon certain Muslim philosophers as genuine sources of truth about the divine. Dr. Moon predicts that when the Kingdom dawns, that which is best in all the cultures of the world will contribute to the final civilization of humanity. He regards all the great religion-cultural spheres as having been raised up by God. The Andalusian experience may not have been perfect—there was not complete equality—but it can be held up as a model for other pluralist societies to emulate. Following the Fall of Granada, a much less tolerant society forced Jews and Muslims to convert, or to leave Spain and even the descendants of converts were later expelled. Many suffered at the hand of the Spanish Inquisition. The myth that grew up around the reconquest depicted the Christians as servants of truth and the Moors as servants of darkness. This myth needs to be exploded and a fairer, truer picture of what life was like under Muslim rule before the Fall of Granada needs to be substituted for the legends that have been generated.
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