Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree

Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree

by Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali tells us the story of the aftermath of the fall of Granada by narrating a family saga of those who tried to survive after the collapse of their world. Ali is 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." --"The""Guardian"

  • Series: Islam Quintet
  • Language: English
  • Category: Historical
  • Rating: 3.84
  • Pages: 244
  • Publish Date: July 1st 1993 by Verso
  • Isbn10: 0860916766
  • Isbn13: 9780860916765

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Though this is historical fiction, Ali's novel provides a window on the late 15th century world of al Andalus Spain, a world where Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand and the powerful heads of the Church have battled their way back to power in most of the country and have made treaties with the remaining Muslim population. The story is told through the lives of one formerly powerful and still well known Moorish family who live outside Gharnata (or Granada). There is also occasional narration by the Bishop leading the Inquisition in Granada and here is a voice that makes my blood run cold.

There are Jews at the service of Christians or living among the Moriscos, and they have Jewish names...

A governmental group out of the Netherlands tweeted the president back and said, nope misbehaving dude was not immigrant and not Muslim, and was in jail. I have even taught students who refused to read part of the Korean in a World Lit Class, and before you ask, we had read parts of the Old and New Testament first (granted, I could understand the formal service members refusal. Alis book is warning, intentional or not, about hatred of a culture or religion and how it destroys all.

This tragically beautiful tale of the aftermath of the Reconquest of Moorish Spain is told through the lives of three generations of a noble Muslim family living near Grenada.