"This historical tract reads like a good novel, but more importantly, gives us hope that, far from being a potential disaster, the mixing of peoples and traditions from the Middle East and the West can bring us closer to an age of true peace and cooperation."
-- Rev. Michael Garanzini, S.J., President, Loyola University-Chicago
"Chris Lowney has written an illuminating reflection on a fascinating land. In today's world when the three religions are again in conflict, the reader can profit from the lessons of tolerance and intolerance characteristic of that bygone era."
-- Joseph F. O'Callaghan, author of A History of Medieval Spain and Professor Emeritus, Fordham University
"A lively tour of 'the land of three religions,' from the Moorish conquest to Columbus. This tale of 'collaboration and collision,' told with flair and in strong narrative, often in the words of the protagonists, will enlighten and enchant!"
-- Rev. Robert I. Burns, S.J., author of Islam Under the Crusaders and Professor of Medieval History, UCLA
"A Vanished World provides a walking journey inside the astonishing history of medieval Spain's life for Muslims, Christians, and Jews. A fascinating historical lesson about an era that reflects the best and the worst of humanity's attempts to coexist."
-- Fajri Ansari, President of the Network of Religious Communities and Resident Imam of Masjid Nu'Man, Buffalo, New York
"Chris Lowney has written a meaningful book about the interfaith cooperation and interfaith antagonism in medieval Spain. Can we learn from this story and shape a better, more harmonious world? Can we afford not to learn from this story?"
-- Rabbi Dr. Marc D. Angel, Congregation Shearith Israel, The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York City
"In a world of religious extremism and global terrorism, Chris Lowney's A Vanished World is an important reminder of the West's first multireligious society under Muslim rule in multicultural Spain. Lowney masterfully tells this engaging and compelling story of a time when Muslims, Christians, and Jews coexisted and flourished religiously, intellectually, and civilizationally."
-- John L. Esposito, author of What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam and founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University