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Bibliography for Emeralds of the Alhambra

            The credenza in my office at home where I write is lined with over ten feet of references on all things al-Andalus. I have included below a selected list of the books that I found particularly helpful, some of which (starred) I circled round to time and again during the birthing of this novel.


[1] A. Ali (Translator), Al-Quran: Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1993.

[2] C. Barks (with J. Moyne, A.J. Arberry and R. Nicholson), The Essential Rumi: Harper Collins, 1995. ***

[3] C. Barks, The Soul of Rumi – New Collections of Ecstatic Poems: Harper Collins, New York, 2001.

[4] G. Brooks, Nine Parts of Desire – the Hidden World of Islamic Women: Anchor books, New York, 1995.

[5] O.R. Constable (Editor), Medieval Iberia – Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources: University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1997.

[6] G. Dardess, Do We Worship the Same God? – Comparing the Bible and the Quran: St. Anthony Messenger Press, Cincinnati, 2006.

[7] J.D. Dodds, M.R. Menocal and A.K. Balbale, The Arts of Intimacy – Christian, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture: Yale University Press, New Haven, 2008.

[8] J.D. Dodds, Architecture and Ideology in Early Medieval Spain: Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, 1989.

[9] R. Fletcher, Moorish Spain: University of California Press, Berkeley, 1992. ***

[10] A. Fernádez-Puertas, The Alhambra – I. From the Ninth Century to Yusef I (1354): Saqi Books, London, 1997. ***

[11] J.S. Gerber, The Jews of Spain – A History of the Sephardic Experience: The Free Press, New York, 1992.

[12] A. Harvey, Teachings of Rumi: Shambhala, Boston, 1999.

[13] L.P. Harvey, Islamic Spain – 1250 to 1500: University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1990. ***

[14] K. Helminski (Editor), The Rumi Collection: Shambhala, Boston, 2000.

[15] B. Hintzen-Bohlen, Art and Architecture – Andalusia: Tandem Verlag GmbH, Germany, 2006. ***

[16] W. Irving, Chronicles of the Conquest of Granada:, Boston 2008 (first published in 1829).

[17] W. Irving, Tales of the Alhambra: Everest, 2008 (first published in 1832).

[18] R. Irwin, The Alhambra: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2004. ***

[19] R. Irwin, Islamic Art: Laurence King, London, 1997.

[20] S.K. Jayyusi, The Legacy of Muslim Spain, Volume 1: Brill, Leiden, 1992. ***

[21] S.K. Jayyusi, The Legacy of Muslim Spain, Volume 2: Brill, Leiden, 1993. ***

[22] H. Kennedy, Muslim Spain and Portugal – A Political History of al-Andalus: Addison Wesley Longman, Essex, 1996. ***

[23] C. Lowney, A Vanished World – Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain: Oxford University Press, New York, 2006. ***

[24] M. McWilliams and D.J. Roxburgh, Traces of the Calligrapher – Islamic Calligraphy in Practice c. 1600-1900: Yale University Press, New Haven, 2007.

[25] M.R. Menocal, The Ornament of the World – How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain: Back Bay Books, New York, 2002. ***

[26] M.R. Menocal, R.P. Scheindlin and M. Sells (Editors), The Literature of al-Andalus: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2000.

[27] D. Nicolle, Granada 1492 – the Twilight of Moorish Spain: Praeger, Westport, 2005. ***

[28] D. Nicolle, The Moors – the Islamic West, 7th – 15th Centuries AD: Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2001. ***

[29] J. Augustín Núñez (editor), The Alhambra and Generalife in Focus: Edilux S.L., Madrid, 1991. (Translated by J. Trout.) ***

[30] J. Renard, 101 Questions and Answers on Islam: Paulist Press, New York, 1998.

[31] D.F. Ruggles, Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain: Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, 2000.

[32] J. Schacht and C.E. Bosworth (Editors), The Legacy of Islam (2nd Edition): Oxford University Press, London, 1974.

[33] A. Schimmel, Rumi’s World – the Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet: Shambhala, Boston, 1992.

[34] M. Sells, Approaching the Quran (2nd Edition): White Cloud Press, Ashland, 2006. ***

[35] H. Smith, Islam – A Concise Introduction: Harper Collins, San Francisco, 2001.

[36] D. Sutton, Islamic Design – A Genius for Geometry: Walker, New York, 2007.