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Ornament of the World

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Catalogue Number:  041936
Producer:  PBS Video
Subject:  Documentary, Global Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2019
Running Time:  116:00


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Ornament of the World tells the story of a remarkable time in history when Muslims, Christians, and Jews forged a common cultural identity that frequently transcended their religious differences. This film retraces an 800-year period in medieval Spain, from the 8th through 15th centuries, during which the three cultures, though they competed and sometimes fought, managed to sustain relationships that enabled them to coexist, collaborate, and flourish. Blending evocative location cinematography with dramatic and lifelike animation, this is a fascinating journey through the cities at the center of the story: Cordoba, Seville, Toledo, and Granada. Discover what made this rare and fruitful collaboration possible, and what ultimately tore it apart.


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