Book: Lebanon Umayyad Route, 21×15 cm, softcover in English and Arabic, 143 pages.
Lebanon Umayyad Route
LebanonPostcard.com presents the book Lebanon Umayyad Route By LAU university, 21×15 cm, softcover in English and Arabic, 143 pages (Full text and images).
The Umayyad Route seeks to publicize the profound human, cultural, artistic and scientific relationship between East and West and the way in which the Greco-Roman legacy was passed on to Europe through al-Andalus. This route was the path along which the Arabs came to the Iberian Peninsula and Europe, but it was also a channel for the transfer of knowledge and perfectly illustrates the close collaboration between the two Cultures. Of these multiple contacts, the most important things to have survived the wear and tear of history are a common cultural and artistic background, a shared history and heritage. This is the ‘raison d’être’ of these routes, which seek to forge links and strengthen the relations between the different peoples they encompass, united by a common past.
The Umayyad Route retraces part of the journey followed by the dynasty founded by Muawiya ibn Abi Sufian from its capital in Damascus and its subsequent expansion along the southern shores of the Mediterranean to the Iberian Peninsula. The route begins therefore in the Near East before heading off along the Mediterranean across North Africa. It follows the path by which Arabic civilization came to Europe and which gave rise to the Caliphate of Cordoba, where the Hispano-Muslim civilization flourished for several centuries. The itinerary starts at its easternmost point in Jordan and Lebanon, passing through Egypt and Tunisia, with a stopover in Sicily, and ends up in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).