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CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR
Explore Muslim Spain
June 18-30, 2008
Participate in this unique
12 day cultural heritage tour!
Learn about and experience the cultural, artistic and intellectual
legacy of Muslim civilization in southern Spain (Al-Andalus)! Visit
exquisite examples of Muslim architecture such as the Great Masjid of Cordoba, the Alhambra palace in
Granada, and the Alcazar in Sevilla! Climb the rock of
Gibraltar (Jabal Tariq), where the story of Muslim Spain began.
Enjoy the climate and landscape of southern Spain. Interact with Muslims living
in Spain today and strengthen the bonds of ummah!
Structure (per person)
March 15, 2008
discount] BEST DEAL!
April 15, 2008
after April 15, 2008
(Full payment of
program fee is due
by May 1, 2008)
non-refundable deposit per person is required in order to be
considered registered for the tour. The deposit is
non-refundable if you withdraw from the tour. However, if
IslamiCity cancels the tour for any reason, your deposit and
any additional amount paid will
In a party of 2 or more travelers, the first person will
be charged the full fee (according to the schedule above), and
each additional traveler will be charged the full fee minus 10%.
It also pays to register early: for example, a family of four (14 and over) would pay
$9250.00 if registered by March 15, compared to $10,175.00 if
registered between March 16 and April 15, for a savings of
$925.00 for the family! Children between ages 5-13 are
charged a flat rate of $1500.00, possibly resulting in further
reduction of your total fees.
Program fee does not include airfare. You are
responsible for purchasing your own flight tickets, based on
to your point of origin and personal plans before and after
the tour. Book flights to/from Madrid. See the itinerary for
arrival and departure dates.
All travelers need a valid, up-to-date passport. Participants must make their own visa arrangements
as needed (allow
ample time). Citizens of the US and the European Union do
not need a visa for Spain or Gibraltar. Ensure that you have medical insurance
coverage while abroad (participants are responsible for their
own medical expenses).
The program consists of a 12-day/11-night study tour of southern
Participants must check in and join the group at the designated hotel in Madrid
by the afternoon of Thursday, June 19, 2008 (this typically
means departing the U.S. on Wednesday, June 18). Adjust
accordingly depending on point of origin and flight details.
The IslamiCity travel study program features:
Logistics customized for
Muslim travelers (meals, prayer times, etiquettes, etc.)
Tours of historic sites and monuments
of particular interest to Muslims, beyond those
covered in typical tourist contexts
Interaction with local Muslim religious
leaders, scholars, professionals, community members
One of the most fascinating eras of Muslim history is that
of the Muslims of Iberia (Spain & Portugal). Muslims lived
on the peninsula for over eight centuries. The Muslim territory
was known as al-Andalus. From 711 to 1492, the mixed Arab-Hispanic-Berber
Muslims in Iberia matured and demonstrated many great
achievements of classical
Islamic civilization. Numerous advances were made in the sciences,
religious studies, the arts, architecture, literature &
poetry, urban and agricultural technology, and other spheres
of life. Jews and Christians by and large prospered in al-Andalus and Muslim
culture influenced Christian society in the north.
This program will give students an in-depth overview of the
history of Islamic Iberia, starting with the Muslim conquest
in 711 and ending with the loss of Granada in 1492 to Christian
conquerors, and the subsequent challenges faced by Muslim communities
living under Christian rule until the 17th century.
Students will learn about the many amazing men and women who
gave al-Andalus its unique character, and the nature of medieval
Muslim society. Students will read primary sources in English
that capture the spirit of the times, and will visit monuments
in southern Spain that point to the rich heritage of Muslims.
In the cities of Toledo, Cordoba,
Sevilla and Granada,
we will see: the Great Masjid of Cordoba, the Alhambra palace
complex, a medieval hammam (bath), Madinat al-Zahra
(the Umayyad palace city), Roman ruins, medieval synagogues, archeological
museums, and other sites. In addition, we will interact with
the present-day Muslim
communities in these cities, and visit and offer jum'ah prayers
in masjids in Madrid and Granada, inshaAllah.
In addition, we will enjoy a day trip to Gibraltar (Jabal Tariq),
where we will reach the summit, explore caves, visit a fortress,
and enjoy lunch in the quaint town at the base of the mountain.
Please note that this is not a deen-intensive or intensive
Arabic/religious studies program. The focus is on history,
culture and society, relying on contemporary academic scholarship
and the lived experience of Muslims in southern Spain. As
such, it is an ideal program for heritage travelers,
vacationing couples and families, and others interested in