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Arched niche with inscription Decorative arch with epigraph on the alfiz. The inscription names al-Ḥakam as heir and the fatà and mawlà Ğa'far as director. 961–2/350 H. Madīnat al-Zahrāʾ. Marble. MMaZ: 25428 © Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra.

Madinat al-Zahra: The Radiant Capital of Islamic Spain (October 30th 2024-March 2nd 2025)
This fall ISAW Exhibitions presents Madinat al-Zahra: The Radiant Capital of Islamic Europe, the little-told story of the Islamic kingdoms of Europe. The exhibition explores how the Umayyad family, ruling from their capital Madinat al-Zahra (936–1013 CE) in Cordoba, Spain, transformed the Iberian Peninsula into a bustling hub for scholars, artists, and diplomats from Baghdad to Byzantium. The Umayyads desire to express their power, or al-mulk, led them to forge a thriving cosmopolitan society with international tastes in luxury goods, unique architectural styles that blended Islamic and Classical traditions, and a scientific curiosity of the universe. Discover how the significant cultural accomplishments of the Umayyads fashioned Madinat al-Zahra into one of the gleaming jewels of the early Medieval world.

Madinat al-Zahra is curated by Antonio Vallejo Triano, director of the Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, and Eduardo Manzano Moreno, Research Professor at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid. The loans are generously granted from four Spanish museums (Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, Museo Arqueológico y Etnológico de Córdoba, Museo de Jaén, and Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Jerez de la Frontera) and five international institutions (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the American Numismatic Society, and the Hispanic Society Museum & Library).