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Presentation of “Al-Andalus, gateway to classical thought in Europe”

April 12, 20237:00 p.m.
April 12, 2023 7:00 p.m. Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

On Wednesday, April 12, Casa Árabe is presenting this publication by Ramón Sanchis Ferrándiz. It analyzes the journey of knowledge from the fall of the Greco-Roman world to the resurgence of European universities and the advent of the Renaissance.

Few could have suspected that the fall of the classical world would be precipitated across the Mediterranean basin during a medieval period that would last a thousand years. The latent power struggles, migrations, new religious ideas and barbarian invasions did the rest. 

In this work, Ramón Sanchis analyzes the development of knowledge throughout the Middle Ages, a time when Al-Andalus played a key role in the preservation and recovery of classical culture. We will be taking a deep dive into the events which marked the society and culture of that era, including the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the evolution of early Christianity, gnosis, the Mystery Schools, the linking of ideas from East and West, hermetic philosophy, the birth of Islam, the splendor of the Spanish-Muslim culture, the Kabbalah, the development of the Carolingian Empire, the monastic and mendicant orders...from the fall of the classical world to the formation of Europe. 

The book will be presented by Daniel Valdivieso Ramos, editor of the Almuzara publishing house, who will be accompanying Ramón Sanchis Ferrándiz, author of the book. The event will be moderated by Javier Rosón, Casa Árabe’s coordinator in Cordoba. 

Ramón Sanchis Ferrándiz 
Ramón Sanchis Ferrándiz is a writer from Alicante, with a Master’s degree in Narrative from the Madrid School of Writers (2017-2019). A civil engineer and senior technician in Urban Planning, he switch over to studies of literature and the humanities. Since 1990, he has been a member of the Hermes International Institute of Anthropology and Human Sciences based in Paris, where he has studied Philosophy, History and Anthropology. He has formed part of the editorial board for the journal Cuadernos de Cultura (from 1998 to 2002) and the journal Esfinge (from 2002 to 2010). Since 2012, he has directed the Creative Writing Workshops run by the Ítaca Cultural Space (in Valencia) and El Libro Durmiente (in Alicante). He has authored Escritos seleccionados (Selected Writings, 2019), a compilation by El Libro Durmiente, El Arte de ser escritor (The Art of Being a Writer), T.I, Narrative, and T.II, on Writing Techniques, (2005). The Bhagavad Gïta: Commentary on the India’s spiritual classic (2005) and the essay The Dangers of Racism (several authors) (1994). He has has a collection of poems published in the magazine Forma abierta, put out by the Juan Gil-Albert Institute in Alicante. His essay The Anthropological Vision on Satin Island and the story Mi padre (My Father), have been published in the magazine La Rompedora, by the School of Writers. He has published over a hundred articles on literature, philosophy and history in various journals. He currently contributes to several magazines with book reviews, as well as the blog “El libro durmiente,” with stories and literary shorts.
Presentation of “Al-Andalus, gateway to classical thought in Europe”
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