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Ramon Llull was born in 1232, or possibly 1233, only two or three years after the Catalans under the Aragonese crown had conquered the island of Majorca from its Muslim rulers. This meant that he grew up in a place where Muslims (enslaved by the conquerors) occupied perhaps a third of the population, and where Jews, although numerically far inferior, were economically, politically, and even culturally important. Throughout Llull's enormous production of some 260 works on every subject imaginable, he never tires of reminding the reader that the work they are reading is based on the Art, or recommending it for a deeper comprehension of the subject under discussion, and this even in works that might strike one as purely literary. With the introduction of printing and with the sixteenth-century search for a general method of science and learning, interest in Llull's Art increased even more.

Keywords: art; Jews; Muslim rulers; Ramon Llull



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