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Januszczak On The Dark Ages 3 [Dec. 12th, 2012|10:32 am]
Tony Grist
An Ummayad prince had his desert bathhouse frescoed with paradisial scenes- not forgetting the naked houris. He- or someone like him- owned a brazier with naked houris at the four corners and panels in relief of people shagging. 

Think what you like of Islam. The opposite is also true. 

Al-Andalus was one of humanity's very greatest achievements. Running water, flush toilets, orange trees, astronomy. I can't hear talk of it without my eyes beginning to prickle. 

From: cmcmck
2012-12-12 11:42 am (UTC)
In truth it's true of all faiths- when one looks at the achievements one can forget, at least for a time, the horrors, but the horrors never go away.

But then I would say that! I'm a military historian......
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-12-12 11:57 am (UTC)
It's a funny old world. :)
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From: algabal
2012-12-12 02:43 pm (UTC)
"Think what you like of Islam. The opposite is also true."

That's a very good quote. I think the bad parts of 'Islam' have a lot more to do with poverty, geography and modern history than religion.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-12-12 04:30 pm (UTC)
I think you're right.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-12-12 04:09 pm (UTC)
Al-Andalus is where I live.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-12-12 04:29 pm (UTC)
Lucky you....
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