“The” Arabs do not exist

Albert Hourani: Die Geschichte der arabischen Völker.
ISBN 978-3-596-29670-5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well researched book about the history of the Arab people, well written, a true pleasure to read. It covers a vast time span and casts away a couple of common misconceptions about the time when the Muslim creed came into being and started to define the course of Arab history until today. Anyone having an opinion about “the” Arabs should read this. “The” Arabs do not exist. The book was first published in English under the title “A History of the Arab People”.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has written a wonderful and amusing opera that casts a benevolent light upon a Muslim ruler: The Abduction from the Seraglio.

A Muslim lesson in generosity

Swiss heroes and alternative facts

Thomas Maissen: Schweizer Heldengeschichten und was dahintersteckt.
ISBN 978-3-039-19340-0 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Deconstructing the myths upon which Switzerland built its historical and political image. Alternative facts were not invented by Donald Trump.

The best known Swiss hero is of course Wilhelm Tell. Gioachino Rossini has written a beautiful overture about that subject:

Walking around with Rossini in the ear