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Notes on the Geography of Spain: The City of Cordoba: Photo 4

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A waterwheel survives just outside the city wall.  Al-Makkari quotes ash-Shakandi, who wrote before his death in 1231 of "the innumerable mills which the river puts in motion, and which are estimated at no less than five thousand." It's a factual statement that fills Al-Makkari with longing.  His work, translated into English in 1840 with the ponderous title The History of the Mohammedan Dynasties in Spain (reprinted 2002), is known in Arabic as Nafh al-tib or "Sweet Scent."  The literal translation of its title is Sweet Scent from the Tender Bough of al-Andalus."

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