Sunday, September 12, 2010

La Convivencia

from Wikipedia

La Convivencia ("the Coexistence") is a term used to describe a postulated situation in Spanish history from the Muslim Umayyad conquest of Hispania in 711 to 1492 - concurrent with the Reconquista ("Reconquest") - when Jews, Muslims, and Catholics in Spain lived in relative peace together within the different kingdoms. The phrase often refers to the interplay of cultural ideas between the three groups, and ideas of religious tolerance.

Too bad this is ancient history...

1 comment:

Rob-bear said...

You are so right: "Too bad this is ancient history... "

Actually, we do pretty well at it here in Canada, even today. We're a lot like Americans, it's true. But from the American perspective, we have one major fault; were TOO POLITE, too understanding. I have a friend who works semi-regularly with American colleagues, and she routinely drives them crazy with her Canadian-ness.

But maybe that "fault" is why can get along reasonably well with "strange" neighbours, at least most of the time.

D'ya think?