centuries of Muslims, Jews, Christians thriving together
Tuesday, 06 November 2007
ONE OF OUR GREATEST SUCCESS STORIES of all time
is finally being remembered properly.
For more than 700 years, Jews, Muslims and Christians thrived, flowered, and excelled while living well together in
"Convivencia" is was called -- living together.
Al Andalus is the Arabic name for Andalusia --
There was legendary sharing of knowledge and cultures, leaps forward in sciences, math, philosophy and the arts, as well as relative peace among Muslims, Christians and Jews.
This extraordinary, free exchange of culture set the stage for the European Renaissance.
It was the mid-1950s.
"Then moonlit Granada will live again, the glory of yesterday," was the prophecy of the hit song "Grenada" sung by Frankie Lane then Frank Sinatra on records, and radio and television broadcasts worldwide.
Then 50 years later -- November, 2005 -- diverse
The Spirit of
The creators said: "It was a
place where the people of three great religions Islam, Judaism, and Christianitymanaged to live together in harmony, and it
can perhaps serve as a model for us today."
Today, more Muslim, Christian and Jewish relationship builders are returning to
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West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (symphony preparation)
In Andalusia, Spain, since 2002 several weeks each summer young Israeli, Palestinian, Lebanese, Syrian, Jordan and Egyptian musicians gather to create a superb 100-piece orchestra and build relationships.
"This is indeed an orchestra against ignorance," concluded the New York Times music critic.
The West-Eastern Divan Workshop then concludes, and the concert tour of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra starts. These Arab and Jewish musicians received many honors including the Prize Pripe de Asturias of the Concorde in 2002 for co-creators Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim, the Premium Imperiale awarded by the Japan Arts Association as well as an Emmy International award for its DVD -- KNOWLEDGE IS THE BEGINNING.
KNOWLEDGE IS THE BEGINNING
A beautiful, inspiring 93-documentary of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
This ensemble began in 1999 with
the relationship between the Argentinian-Israeli
conductor, Daniel Barenboim, and the late
Palestinian-American academic, Edward Said.
In 2002, the workshop was finally established in
Published by Time Magazine -- Sunday, 25 August 2002
Hearts and Minds
This work was one of Edward Said's great loves when he died in 2003.
In 2004, the Barenboim-Said Foundation -- http://barenboim-said.org/ -- was established by the Regional Ministry of Culture of the Autonomous Regional Government of Andalusia.
This also established
Last December, 2006, the inspiring Jewish-Arab symphony crossed the Atlantic to perform in
Brown to Host Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
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JITLI (leadership training)
In Andalusia, Spain, each summer.JITLI -- http://jitli.org/ -- brings Arab and Jewish teenagers together for part of their communication and leadership training.
Created in 2000, the San Diego, Calif.-based JITLI creates partnership between the communities of
JITLI is dedicated to education and leadership development of young people in the context of interaction with other cultures.
Participants begin to appreciate their similarities, acknowledge their differences and understand each other's cultures.
Young women and men -- Muslims, Christians, Jews -- get experiences and tools to affect their own futures and those of their peers and communities.
Published in Ha'aretz
Program looks back to Golden Age for a brighter Arab-Israeli future
By Daphna Berman
Published by YNet News -- 09 August 2007
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AL ANDALUS: The Legend (musical creation)
AL ANDALUS! The Legend is a theatrical, multi-disciplinary dance epic created in August, 2007, in
The first performance featured singers, actors, nearly twenty dancers, live music and video.
Next year in
The creators come, in part, from the two-year-old Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue in
Published by The
Al Andalus! The Legend
A dance epic recalls
by Lee Williams
KUHF-FM radio broadcast -- 07 August 2007
AL ANDALUS: The
Legend reveals a fictional but classic tale of inter-ethnic love featuring
characters that are based on historical figures.
The stage is populated with pilgrims, troubadours, mystics, and other colorful characters.
Historic and original instrumental and vocal music and modern choreography is influenced by traditional dance styles to enchant.
Narration in English, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew is woven into this spectacle
In 2007, it is time to remember what we were -- who we are, at our highest.
And what we can be together -- neighbors forever.
The true nature of anything is the highest it can become.