Published: A Tale of Two Cities (Granada & Cairo)

This year marks the millennium of the Andalusian city of Granada, founded by Berbers from North Africa (the Zirids) in 1013 as a fortified city during the civil war that ended the Umayyad rule over al-Andalus (present-day Iberian Peninsula).

Since its foundation and till it was taken by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, the city had its ups and downs, its golden age and its doom. The Zirids, its founders, were once agents of the Fatimids that had founded Cairo earlier in 969. Only 44 years separate the foundation of both cities. To what extent were the Zirids (and hence Granada) influenced by the Fatimid culture? Did Granada resemble Cairo in any way?

My latest article in Ahram Online tackles this issue and many others. You can read it all at:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/65495.aspx

Inside the Alhambra

Remains of a mosque in Albayzin

The Zirid Portal of Elvira

3 thoughts on “Published: A Tale of Two Cities (Granada & Cairo)

  1. I would love to learn more about what you do. I am a tour operator from the States, specializing in Educational Tourism and gathering educational resources for upcoming tours to Spain. I have specialized in Egypt as a destination for many years.

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