Book: The Shining City by Joan Falloncategories: Book, 10th Century Spain, Moorish Spain, Madinat Al-Zahra, Cordoba, Historical Fiction
Joan Fallonabout this book: In the year 947 AD Qasim, a potter, lives in the new city of Madinat al-Zahra; he is a good husband and father. He works hard, says his prayers and keeps out of trouble. But Qasim has a secret; his past is not what it seems. When a stranger arrives asking questions about him, he realises that all he has worked for could be destroyed. He has to keep a low profile. But his youngest son, Omar, has other ideas - he has fallen in love with the Caliph's new concubine. She is desperate to escape the confines of the harem and convinces Omar to help her. The consequences of their actions are far-reaching and Qasim believes that his past is about to be exposed.
The city of Madinat al-Zahra existed and now lies in ruins. The research for this book was fascinating, particularly so because it is a period for which very little written documentation still exists. I made numerous visits to Cordoba and the ruined city of Madinat al-Zahra as well as reading a number of secondary sources - all of which portrayed a society rich in culture, wealth and learning. The novel is as much the story of the city as it is of the people who lived there.
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