In the year 1000 A.D, Cordoba, Spain (formerly known as Al-Andalus) was the largest city on earth. It contained hundreds of libraries, schools and universities. Scholars from Europe, Africa and the Middle East flocked to this enlightened center of civilization and knowledge. The city streets were lit up for miles in any direction and running water was available in every quarter. What was the real story of this vibrant society?This dynamic lecture presents an overview of the development of Islamic Spain, the legacy that Muslims left for the world and the reasons for their amazing rise and fall in this neglected, yet decisive period of history.