The Symbolism of the Cordoba House Project
I’m a bit late to it, but this post on the history of the Great Mosque of Cordoba and Newt Gingrich’s deeply inaccurate interpretation of the same validates the existence of the blogosphere. Perhaps most important, the post helps explain what the use of the Cordoba reference actually symbolizes to Muslims. Money quote:
This is the important fact that Newt hopes those who read his polemic will be ignorant of: for a ruler to be legitimate in Muslim eyes in the tenth century, during the time when the Great Mosque was being expanded into its present-day dimensions, it was important to emphasize the peaceful succession of Islam from the other religions in the area. A caliph was expected to have arrived at an accord with the Christians and Jews over which he ruled. Far from “symboliz[ing] their victory” the Mosque was held up by Muslim historians a symbol of peaceful coexistence with the Christians–however messier the actual relations of Christians and Muslims were at the time.