"Convivencia" explored in Second Life

In 2007, Rita J. King and Joshua Fouts collaborated to create Al-Andalus, a virtual Alhambra, on Second Life, in order to explore the concept of Convivencia, the "Spanish term for the harmonious 'living together' of Muslims, Christians and Jews in the southern Iberian Peninsula during the Islamic caliphat." (photos)

The medieval Spanish city includes gardens, a palace, a mosque and a suq, or marketplace. The construction is part of King and Fouts' Digital Diplomacy: Understanding Islam Through Virtual Worlds project, which hopes to open a cultural dialogue among Muslims, Jews and Christians, cultural groups which co-existed in medieval Spain.

The pair blog their project on Saudi Aramco World.