The term ‘al-Andalus’ never fails to evoke nostalgia in the Arab World. More than anything, people long for a golden age marked by a cultural renaissance that was made possible thanks to enlightened rulers and exceptional intellectuals in the cities of Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Toledo and others.
In the case of al-Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria), the Andalusi imprint is clearly visible in cities like Tetuan, Kairouan and Oran. When it comes to Egypt, it takes a little scratching beneath the surface to see this imprint in the mosques of Islamic Cairo. Here is my latest article published in Ahram Online: