Islamic Spain

“Judaism probably welcomed the conquest of Spain by the Muslims in 711. With the Muslim conquest began a Golden Age of freedom and tolerance for Jews. They freely entered the fields of government, science, medicine, and literature.” 

Lewis Hopfe, ‘Religions of the World’, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1998.

“Muslims entered Spain not as aggressors or oppressors, but as liberators. In this multicultural society, many Jews and Christians held government positions. Moreover, the Golden Age of Jewish history is in fact known as the period of Muslim rule in Spain. Islam allowed the Jews to flourish in Spain, with the example of the renowned philosopher Moses Maimonides, who wrote Guide to the Perplexed.

Maryam Noor Beig

The Spanish Synagogue was built in 1868 on the site of the oldest Prague Jewish house of prayer “the Old Shul”. It was designed in a Moorish style by Vojtěch Ignátz Ullmann.

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