Guided Tour of Alhambra
Each afternoon there will be a guided tour of rarely visited parts of the celebrated Alhambra Palace, a marvelous complex of Moorish buildings that include a fortress, palaces and the Generalife gardens. These tours will be conducted by some of the most knowledgeable scholars, architects and historians in the city of Granada.
One afternoon there will also be a showing of the dramatic film Destiny directed by the celebrated Egyptian film maker, Youssef Chahine. It tells the story of Averroes, the great 12th-century Islamic philosopher and interpreter of Aristotle, and his struggle against fundamentalism. Once protected by the ruling Caliph of Cordoba, Averroes finds his life in jeopardy when the Caliph succumbs to fundamentalist influence and orders all of Averroes' books to be burned. His students unite in a frantic race to ensure that the enlightened impressions of the philosopher endure.
Informal Group Discussion
On certain afternoons there will be an opportunity for informal group discussion to explore the relevance of the contents of this conference to the current world situation. There will also be free time each afternoon to enjoy this beautiful and intriguing city.
Each of the districts of Granada offers something different. The old town is full of churches and monasteries, and quaint, charming little squares. Parts of the Albayzín have the sleepy, timeless feel of a Moroccan hill town, and some gypsy families still live in caves in the primitive hillside of Sacromonte. Historical sights are to be found on all sides, including the murals inside the Red Towers, which were built immediately after the Arabs and their Berber soldiers took control of Granada in the eighth century.