Unlocking The Secrets Of Moorish Spain
After the success of DUENDE, Jason Webster, one of the most exciting young travel writers today, continues his search for the essence of Spain, this time on a journey into the secrets of Moorish Spain.
As Islam and the West prepare to clash once again, Jason Webster embarks on a quest to discover Spain's hidden Moorish legacy and lift the lid on a country once forged by both Muslims and Christians. He meets Zine, a young illegal immigrant from Morocco, a twenty-first century Moor, lured over with the promise of a job but exploited as a slave labourer on a fruit farm. Jason's life is threatened as he investigates the agricultural gulag, Zine rescues him, and the unlikely pair of writer and desperado take off on a rollercoaster ride through Andalucía.
While Jason unveils the neglected Arab ancestry of modern Spain - apparent in its food, language, people and culture - Zine sets out on his own parallel quest, a one-man peace mission to resolve Muslim-Christian tensions by proving irresistible to Spanish señoritas.
“Engaging and stimulating . . . it's a measure of his achievement . . . that he's managed to unlock several of the secrets of Moorish Spain without disturbing the enigma that lies at its heart.”
“Fast-paced and exciting . . . the intrinsic interest and, indeed, topicality of this book are obvious.”
Robert Irwin, Independent
“Gripping and original . . . no less unputdownable than its predecessor, but in many ways richer in texture and more mature. Webster is a totally engaging travelling companion - sensitive, observant, compassionate, witty and reflective . . . His impassioned and committed manner of combining history with travel anecdote makes Al Andalus come alive.”
“Webster imparts, with much verve, a lot of tumultuous Andalusian history . . . Essential reading.”
“Mesmerising . . . Given the current spotlight on Spain's fraught history with Islam, his book could not be more timely.”
“Highly entertaining. The writing is refined and elliptical, while Webster handles his material with huge assurance.”