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Finished reading "Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree", a historical novel by British writer Tariq Ali.

The story is set in Andalusia, south Spain, in 1499 to 1501. It begins with the Christian burning of rare and precious Islamic books 7 years after they had completed the reconquest of Spain. The Arabs/Moors had been ruling Spain since the 8th century.

Andalusia was the last Muslim holdout, where lived the brave and devout Hudayl clan. This novel is about the victories and defeats of that clan.

"Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree" is the first of a 5-book series called the "Islam Quintet."

 

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