Historian John A. Souto presented yesterday at the new library Luque his work “The mosque Mosque of Cordoba”, an essay that makes a “general reflection” this Islamic monument and aims to raise awareness of the functionality and constructive evolution of the temple through its architecture.
Souto, Professor seated in Córdoba, explains in his book that “the monument is much more than what you can see at a glance”, so try “show a fascinating building” which was instrumental in the formation of a culture, Islamic, and which in turn helped forge the identity of Andalusia and Europe.
Throughout their 120 pages the author provides the basic keys to understanding the Mosque, constitutes a building “the most representative realization” the formation of Al-Andalus, from its beginnings to its consolidation and decline, Souto points. Thus, the history of Al-Andalus revolves around the Islamic models which are reflected in this monument. So, according to historian, analysis of the building shows its own evolution and the regime in which is inserted.
This work didactic, Alandalus included in the collection and edited by the Institute of Islamic Studies and the Middle East -a joint center that develops between the collaboration between the Cortes of Aragon, the Higher Council for Scientific Research and the University of Zaragoza- is directed to the general public, but especially a type of tourism worship and quality, those interested in Islamic art, in Andalusia, in Cordoba, and especially so, in the Mosque. To build the mosque Mosque of Cordoba, the author has made a “touch approach” through “a very long stay in the building” beginning in 1985.