Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2020 brings all that you could wish for.  As far as I’m concerned it can’t be worse than 2019 when I lost my husband, my best friend of almost thirty years. So for me this last year has been a time of readjustment which included selling my house and buying another one all within the space of a month. Pretty exhausting but it certainly is nice to have it all over quickly. So why am I telling you all this? Well, it’s to explain why I h […]

An imaginary interview with Makoud ibn Ahmad, born in the year 1000 AD

The river Guadalquivir Q  As-salama alaykum, Makoud.A  Peace be upon you also.Q  Can you tell me a little about your life. How did you become a successful apothecary, a man respected by the Royal Household here in Malaqah?A  It’s a long story. I am not originally from this taifa. When I was born there were no taifas; Qurtubah, my home city,  was the capital of al-Andalus and the country had only one ruler, the khalifa al-Hisham II. Now al-Andalus is split into man […]