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Exhibition harks back to Cordoba's Arab, Islamic history

June 13, 2014

By Khetam Malkawi, Jordan Times, Amman

June 13--AMMAN -- Taking viewers on a journey back in time, "De Qurtuba a Cordoba" photo exhibition opened in Amman late Tuesday.

Organised by Casa Arabe (Arab House) of Madrid and Instituto Cervantes, the exhibition features 50 photos taken by several Spanish photographers to connect the history of the city with its present.

The exhibition was first held in Madrid two years ago and is currently touring different countries, according to Eduardo Lopez Busquets, director general of Casa Arabe.

In an interview with The Jordan Times prior to the official opening, he said visitors can see the traces of Arab and Islamic legacy in the city through the lenses of different photographers.

What is distinguished about this collection, according to Lopez Busquets, is that they feature places that are often forgotten as photographers usually take photos of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.

The photos at the exhibition, however, are of Aljama Mosque and its surroundings, Madinat Al Zahra, city walls, gates, fortified towers, minarets, Arab baths, Mudejar art and other freely chosen topics, he said.

The exhibition is in line with Casa Arabe's goals to revive Islamic and Arab influence in Spain.

Established in July 2006 by the Spanish foreign ministry and the Spanish Agency for International Development, the institute is dedicated to spreading and teaching Arab and Islamic studies in Spain.

"We organise conferences about Arabic culture, halal economy and other issues in different countries of the world," Lopez Busquets said.

He also noted that the Arabic language has gained popularity in his country, with more than 400 students currently studying the language at Casa Arabe.


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