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Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Tariq Ali
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“All human frailty and nobility is here ... an imaginative tour de force.” —Sunday Telegraph

“Tariq Ali captures the humanity and splendour of Muslim Spain ... an enthralling story, unravelled with thrift and verve. Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree is quizzical as well as honest, informative as well as enjoyable, real history as well as fiction ... a book to be relished and devoured.” —Independent

“Tariq Ali tells us the story of the aftermath of the fall of Granada by narrating a family sage of those who tried to survive after the collapse of their world. Particularly deft at evoking what life must have been like for those doomed inhabitants, besieged on all sides by intolerant Christendom. This is a novel that have something to say, and says it well.” —Guardian

Présentation de l'éditeur

A novel of the deep roots of the clash between Islam and the West
The savagery of the Reconquest tore apart the world of the Banu Hudayl family. For the doomed Muslims of late-fifteenth-century Spain, the approaching forces of Christendom bring not peace but the sword. Capturing the brutality of a war both military and cultural—and the price paid by the innocent—Tariq Ali opens his Islam Quintet with a harrowing and profound historical fiction.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 288 pages
  • Editeur : Open Road Media (15 octobre 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FEZ2432
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Islam quintet 13 avril 2012
Par Oiseau Moqueur TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS
Tariq Ali, Pakistanais vivant au Royaume-Uni a écrit une saga romanesque en 5 volumes sur les relations entre l'Islam et l'Occident depuis le Moyen-Age.
Cet épisode se déroule en Andalousie quelques années après la chute de Grenade; la société musulmane essaie de cohabiter avec les vainqueurs qui se départissent de leurs engagements initiaux de tolérance; le conflit est donc inévitable. L'auteur nous fait vivre cette période par les yeux d'une famille de féodaux musulmans.
Le message assez classique est de rappeler que les Rois Catholiques on détruit une civilisation brillante et harmonieuse. La réalité est probablement plus nuancée.
Ce conflit durera en fait plus d'un siècle jusqu'à l'expulsion définitive des Morisques.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A historic fiction tale of the Moors in Spain 16 mai 2001
Par M. A. ZAIDI - Publié sur
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Ali's "Shadow of the Pomegranate Tree" provides not only a great reading, but an extremely useful corrective to the general western misconception about Muslim society. His work while a fiction, has clearly been thoroughly researched. The openness, tolerance and cosmopolitanism of Islamic society during the Moorish period is clearly presented with accents and touches that ring true. While westerners are inclined to view Islam as a monolithic entity, Ali brings out the division and tension that existed within the societies of each period.
"Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree" is set in Spain after the fall of Granada. The story of the Banu Hudayl, a landed aristocratic family, the book explores the fateful decision that the Muslims of Spain had to make in the aftermath of the Reconquista. Shadows opens with the Muslim community having been recently shaken by the burning of their books on the order of Ximenes de Cisneros, Isabella's confessor. Sent to Granada to debate theology, Cisneros was verbally bested by the Muslim scholars. Defeated, he ordered all Muslim books to be destroyed two million manuscripts burned. "They set our culture on fire...The record of eight centuries was annihilated in one day", Umar the head of the Hudayl, laments. The only books to be saved from this wanton destruction were 300 medical and scientific works, spared by the petitions of Christian scholars who realized their superiority, and those books that the soldiers carrying them to the square discarded, judging the books' importance by their weight.
Cisneros, a man of the church is hell bent on destroying all vestiges of the Muslim society and culture in Granada. He sees force as the only way to win the conversion of the Muslims to Christianity, unlike his predecessor, who had given orders for the priests to learn Arabic and have Christian works translated. Yet his actions also have a personal element, as others whisper about his apparent Jewish features. Cisneros cruelty is interestingly contrasted to the outlook of Don Ignio, the civilian governor of the Granada region, and a life long friend of Umar's. Don's entrouge consisted of Jewish and Moors, and he tells Umar "For me a Granada without them is like a desert without Oasis. But I am on my own" When Umar comments that the current situation would never have arisen had the Moors used the same tactics that the Christian were now employing, Dons's response is: "Instead you attempted to bring civilization to the whole peninsula regardless of faith or creed. It was noble of you now you must pay the price."
The reason I find this an excellent read is because Ali treats western history with the same thoroughness and brutal honesty, he demolishes the myth that the episode was a victory of one sort or the other of western society, simply by incorporating facts into the narrative. The triumphalism and sheer blood thirstiness of the Christian west is underscored most clearly in "Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree".
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 At times captivating novel about Muslim Spain 21 novembre 1998
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I am quite surprised to discover the lack of attention which this book seems to have received. A highly respected political analyst and writer, (And a brilliant speaker. I have witnessed him speaking at the Oxford Union and he was as impressive as I had heard), Tariq Ali, in my opinion ventures successfully into the area of novel writing. My wife and I enjoyed the book quite a bit and it provoked many an interesting discussion. I would say that the highpoints are an impressive depiction of the progressive, liberal and still very much Muslim society which existed in Spain and its cultural and literary achievements. This is indeed a golden era of Spanish, Muslim and world history and the South of Spain still contains many a splendid remnant of this golden past. At various levels, Tariq Ali is very successful in showing what the last days of this great civilization must have been like and how brutal and narrow-minded the inquisition was after this period of great political harmony, intellectual and cultural synthesis and progress. Tariq Ali paints his characters with affection and care and most of the time they are highly believable. The sincere pathos he feels about this chapter of history comes through clearly in his depiction of various instances especially the burning of the Islamic libraries by the Christians who successfully went on to more or less erase the Muslim character of and contribution to Spanish history. A recent trip to the Mayan ruins in Mexico
revealed the brutality and wonton destruction of other cultures by the same people in other geographical contexts. Indeed the christian revival which transformed into the inquisition was one of the most repressive regimes in the history of mankind. Tariq Ali shows how a one-time magnificent Muslim culture, gets corrupted and sterile and loses out to a more vicious and narrow-minded zealotry. Anyone who has been to the south of Spain and has seen Moorish cities will empathize with the lament of the writer in this book. There are stylistically awkward instances in the novel but on the whole it is quite well written and evocative and covers an important point in history. I think that Tariq Ali should seriously consider continuing fiction writing. A worthwhile read which I would highly recommend to anyone interested in the history of Islam, Moorish Spain, the Inquisition or even the broad category of good fiction coming from writers of South Asian origin.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The intolerance of Christianity 23 décembre 2000
Par Luan Gaines - Publié sur
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This small novel covers the late 14th Century and the attitudes of the Church that spawned the Inquisition. Many are aware of the damage to the Jews through the cruelty and torture of the Inqisitors. However, there was another target in Spain- the demolition of Moorish culture, particularly Granada. The most spectacular and infamous event in this history is the massive burning of all the great Muslim writings on mathematics, science and religion. Under the watchful eyes of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, a fanatical Inquisitor, Ximenes de Cisneros, attempts to thoroughly obliterate the Moorish culture. The book burning is merely the first step in the plan; Cisneros understands that if you can destroy history, traditions and freedom to speak the language, people are more easily subjugated. During this shameful period, the Catholic Church was relentless in its efforts to destroy those who refused conversion. Families who had passed their land and wealth from generation to generation were targeted for assimilation as "conversos" or put to death. We follow the lives of one such family as its members decide to either flee for safety, join forces to fight, or are brutally slain. The story moves slowly throughout, but historically, so did the times. I would like to have had more detail about the activities of the Inquisitors and the beliefs of the Muslims in Granada; the primary statement of belief is stated, "There is only one God and His name is Allah, and his prophet is Mohammed." At times it almost felt like reading a fable in the style the author used, an ancient story passed along in oral tradition. Unfortunately, it isn't just a fable. This is an area of great interest as belief systems affect modern as well as ancient attitudes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A historic novel about Moorish Spain and the Inquisition. 12 juillet 1999
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Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree is about a small town in Moorish Spain, and the timeline up to its defeat by the Inquisition. The focus is on a large wealthy family, the mysteries behind family members, and how they change. Some characters seemed a bit unrealistic, but for the most part, each character was consistent. It was an enjoyable to read a historic book and feel that it was accurate to have been non-fiction. Tariq Ali showed that he is very talented and passionate about what he does.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Tariq Ali's love affair with affairs 16 mars 2014
Par F. Hasnain - Publié sur
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I bought this book, along with the Stone woman, with great excitement. Getting an inside look into a living, breathing Moorish Spain was certain to be a delight, more so with the pen of a writer as capable as Tariq Ali.

Certainly, he paints a vivid picture of Moorish Spain. That much i can say without doubt. However, after reading The Stone Woman, and then reading this book, it seems to me that Tariq Ali has a unhealthy obsession with narrating the most absurd of sexual escapades. I don't doubt for a second these escapades may have happened - especially in the Aristocratic class in a decaying Ottomon Empire - however, there's something to be said if the author can only grab my attention by the most fantastic of marital affairs.

There's simply no depth to the characters in this novel. I can't connect with any of them. Maybe i'm spoiled by the profound relationships and immense emotional depth in the writings of Khaled Hosseini, maybe that is the reason why this novel simply fails to satiate me.

As a history buff, this book does its just incredibly well in recreating Moorish Spain in its last days. As a novel trying to retain my interest throughout with living, breathing characters whom i care about, i'm disappointed to say, this novel simply fails to deliver.

I would recommend The Stone Woman, but this particular novel, i would not.
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