Como if Borges himself had designed one of his literary delusions, Made, FAS Arabic, is a city essentially mirror. An apocryphal legend says that the name comes from the mirror image of an impossible city that had risen earlier in the same site, SAF (Zef), that no one, except the fevered imagination of a chain of local scholars, never echoed.
But apart from the historical chronicles legend speak of a double city whose two faces facing specularly arise, wall against wall, strenuously anti climbing banks of the same river, after a mythical foundation, also speculate otherwise occurring, almost simultaneously across the Strait of Gibraltar, Cordoba and a closely related.
I speak of a confusing time, Nebula and lack of means of contemporaneous authoritative interpretation, whose first lights are the work of authors who wrote one or two centuries later. So the interpretation of the founding of Fez and Umayyad Al Andalus Foundation share the same mythical texture, Legendary, of Israel, Rome or the many kingdoms of Southeast Asian. Finals race reborn miraculously saved later, como aves fénices, at the end of the world, like Moses as the Anastasias in the last incarnation of the myth. Therefore it is allowed Gonzalez Ferrin call the Anastasios a Rahman I and Idriss I.
It is highly suspicious that chance did share contemporarily to Cordoba and Fez same myth . That of a hero who saves a family killing and founded a kingdom far. And that myth becomes historical truth from being told in a century after chronic. And what is even more than the second city founded was peopled with exiles from the city refounded the first piece in the mirror across the Strait of Gibraltar some years before. All very suspicious. Anyone who wants to delve into the matter has just swallowed the monumental General History of Al Andalus (Almuzara) Emilio Gonzalez Ferrin. If you do not convince you at least get a good shower of reasonable doubt.
Idris I founded Fez on the left bank of the river of the same name and peopled with exiles from the suburb revolt occurred a few years earlier in Córdoba, Cordoba refound the few years before the other anastasio, Rahman I. The official version is that it was muladíes, Christian artisans who inhabited the left bank of the Guadalquivir. Strange also that they were required by an enlightened founder of a Muslim city. Again Gonzalez Ferrin succor us with your questions and puts us in the eyes contradictions: Islam probably had not yet been established as a mature religion, but who was trying to stick his head in the tens unit heresies facing the imperialist trinitarianism Byzantine. Although Arabic had already risen as cultural language in place of Greek and Latin. And we are in the year 800.
Immediately after, opposite the city of Cordoba arises another city repopulated with exiles Kairouan, that climbs along the right bank of the river. That's when cities are facing will go on to become one neighborhoods: the Andalusians and the karaouiyines. With aljamas, largest mosques, competing in volume and purity of the call to prayer. It still is. Crossed by two most beautiful main streets leading to the two doors: Bab Futuh in Andalusians and Bab Bou Djeloud in the qaraouiyines that pierce the wall at the top of both sides.
Mulay Idris was buried near Volume Roman foundation city where he lived and his tomb is the holiest place in Morocco, around which grew a city that bears his name.. His son Idriss II which was hosted the qaraouiyines and his tomb is venerated near the Djama’a Al Qaraouiyine. The Cordoba Abd ar-Rahman never to be found within the enclosure palatal. And the memory of its exact location was lost forever after the conquest of the holy warrior king.
The Quarter Andalusians today is the least visited by mass tourism and really lacks the monuments of his brother Qaraouiyin, but also continues to be fascinating to wander through its streets or around the block where its two main monumental attractions; the Great Mosque and madrasah Sahridj. The other two monuments are in ruins neighborhood, Lights Mosque (Djama'a al Anuar), the only original founding, by self Mulay Idriss (I) and If meth to S'baiy. The Al Djama'a that we can see today (only the cover, clear) does not retain any of the original work of the Andalusians who built monumental and should cover the Almohads (XII century). Nearby medersas not have anything to do with the original and Andalusians and were built like all the other Fez in the fourteenth century by the dynasty meriní. La Medersa Sahridj is very careless, although an extensive restoration is expected soon. Very beautiful proportions most striking are the finely carved wooden panels typically crowned by merlons closing Cordoba patio vain.
Crossing the river by the small bridge A-Tarrafin, lined with shops and its most famous Italian, work of the eleventh century, once we got to the square Seffarin, of tinsmiths, one of which stands the fronts library Qaraouiyin, especially linked with Al Andalus because it remains the Andalusian culture preserved shipwreck. The books I got out of the peninsula and get rid of the pyres of Cisneros. This is a new building which is only accessible to a small patio.
Being completely absorbed sitting on the top step of a ladder thinking of the treasures stored there and are still not by rating, but also to discover, a door opened and two investigators wearing white bathrobe, fitted mask and hands sheathed in surgical gloves on carrying two separate piles of ancient books gesturally asking me to step up the ladder. Obviously not had time to shoot camera Front, so I had to wait until they finished uploading and revolved to enter through a door that opened up. Then the captured. A second later an unexpected shiver ran me back when I was struck by the idea that any of these books may have been a manuscript of Ibn Rushd, the original Dove Necklace accounts or even tailor some of them.