Publishing Organization

Unity Productions Foundation


Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain is a story about the rise and fall of one of the world’s great civilizations. Additional information and lesson plans are found on the website The film takes viewers back into an important periods of world history. The documentary brings to life the 700 year long history of European Islamic civilization of Muslim Spain. It tells of the triumphs and shortcomings, achievements and ultimate failures of a centuries-long period when Muslims, Christians, and Jews inhabited the same far corner of Western Europe and built a society that lit the Dark Ages. The film shows how it was possible for Muslims, Christians, and Jews to co-exist and thrive together-and yet how fragile that union can be when religious extremism begins to rise.

Type of Resource

video, interactive website

Topic Category
  • World history
  • Islamic history and civilization
  • Islamic civilization
  • Islamic art
  • World religions
Grade Level
  • Middle School
  • High School