After a brief history of the world of the Christian King of Castile and Leon, Alfonso, the historian Simon R. Doubleday invites us to follow his example. “Alfonso’s open-mindedness and outward gaze remind us of the need to engage deeply with the cultures of peoples and faiths that inspire fear. Today, the discourse of mainstream politics is distorted by a closure of the imagination that contrasts sharply with the thirteenth-century conviction that wisdom, intellectual accomplishment, and the pursuit of fascination should be prerequisites for true leadership, even (and especially) in the face of terror. ” This type of wisdom is sorely needed today!
Read Doubleday’s brief history of Alfonso here: History News Network | The Medieval Christian King Inspired by the Muslim World