Dossier: Al-Andalus

La Mezquita in the Andalusian city of Cordoba (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

La Mezquita in Cordoba

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Is Cordoba denying its Islamic heritage?

Many people in Spain feel that the Bishop of Cordoba would like the world to forget that his cathedral was once a mosque. But Spain is not the only Mediterranean country where religious ignorance poses a threat to architectural treasures. By Dieter BartetzkoMore

Still from the film "The Physician" in which the Shah (played by Oliver Martinez, right) is treated by Avicenna (played by Ben Kingsley, left) (source: UFA Cinema GmbH)

"The Physician" by Noah Gordon

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The long road from international bestseller to film

The novel "The Physician" was one of the biggest international successes of the last few decades. So it's all the more surprising that it wasn't made into a film years ago. A big-screen version has now finally been released – with a German production team. By Regina RolandMore

Michèle Claude and the Ensemble Aromates (photo: Michèle Claude)

Interview with Michèle Claude

The Wonderful World of Muwashshahat

The French percussionist explores the relationship between old Arab and early European music. In the cultural area that is the Mediterranean, where East meets West, she discovered her musical roots and the sounds of the "muwashshahat". Suleman Taufiq met her in ParisMore

La mezquita de Córdoba (photo: Steven J. Dunlop)

Ibn Rushd and Maimonides in ''Out of Córdoba''

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The Muslim-Jewish Heritage of Islamic Spain

Lewis Gropp reviews a documentary that shines the spotlight on two 12th century philosophers – one Muslim, one Jewish – whose messages of positive coexistence resonate very strongly even today, refuting the "Clash of Civilizations" theoryMore