Dr. H.A. Hellyer, FRSA, is a fellow at Cambridge University, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London and a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on international relations, security and belief in the Middle East, the West, and Southeast Asia.
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Honest historians see two different impulses in the chronicles of the West. In one, the West respects what it considers to be “the Other.” But we also know of another side of the West, like the “Reconquista” of Al-Andalus, resulting in a Jewish- and Muslim-free Iberian peninsula.
It’s perhaps ironic that such a beautiful exhibition of culture came about in a community that had been befallen by slavery, exploitation and apartheid before finally witnessing the beginning of democracy in 1995, with the election of the onetime resistance leader Nelson Mandela as president.