Treading Lightly

The Guadalquivir River makes a dramatic loop southward as it passes the city of Córdoba on its way to the Atlantic. A Roman bridge connects the two banks; on the right bank is the magnificent Mezquita, the great mosque of Córdoba.

Every schoolboy knows (as Macaulay was fond of writing) that the Moors invaded Spain in 711 and that Córdoba, a city of Muslims and Christians and Jews, grew into a great medieval center of world culture in the...

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Harold Bordwell is a retired editor living in Evanston, Illinois.