chapter  14
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Revisioning Al-Andalus in Nacer Khemir’s Film, The Dove’s Lost Necklace


The history of Al-Andalus opened with the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in 711 and was followed by a progression of Arab and Berber dynasties that lasted for over 800 years, before the fall of the last Muslim city of Granada in 1492. This Arabo-Muslim “golden age” was characterized by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures in dialogue, an “interfaith Utopia,” as scholar and translator of Arabic literature William Granara has termed it (58). This rare cultural syncretism produced a sustained flowering of culture and learning and evolved within the greater Islamic empire’s model of civic, religious, and political tolerance.