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MOROCCO " These three kind of persons, before

For

we

all

I

147

repeat,

we have

to conceive

can understand any single event of the Middle Ages.

that

was enduring

them was done by men such

in

as

these."

All these qualities the

and

Moors could count and

lost in Africa,

all

if

any doubt

own in Spain, entertained as to

their

is

they the depth of Moorish culture in Andalusia, the story of their So completely artificial rapid decline in Morocco confirms it.

was that exquisite

civilisation

western influence

it

had

of Granada, that after centuries of

failed to tone

From

down

a single

passion of

their race.

Musulman

evolution ceased almost as suddenly as

politically

and

socially,

its

end of the Middle Ages, the it had begun.

the

reason for existing seemed

Its

violent

gone,

it

had found

patriarchal administration,

its

its

status

cohesion.

The Koran was

an open book, all its secrets had been interpreted, and for a while, a brief but glorious period, what remained of

Mohamedan empire

the

impulse.

stood

That impulse came

violent that

it

drove

still,

as

a

though awaiting a fresh protest from Europe, so

as

the vivid but unlasting life of Islam back to the burning shores of Africa. all

from the peninsula, Here, had Berber and Arab sought cohesion, they could have revenged themselves easily on the Christian armies in their wake. But the energy of the past had gone, and none to-day can tell why.

A

large

brilliant

number of

exiles,

many of whom had shone

court of Granada, found their

way

in the

instinctively to the

sacred spot where an intellectual centre had long existed. Never was capital so well situated in regard to its own safety rather than to the safety of the country, so luxuriously enveloped in its

own

privacy, broken only by the sounds of running water dear

Arab and Moor alike nor so sheltered from all the movement of commercial activity or strategical importance which would have characterised such sites as Rabat or Sale. Morocco, to

;

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Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

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