Did you know that the Moors, who ruled Spain for 700 years, introduced new scientific techniques to Europe, such as an astrolabe, a device for measuring the position of the stars and planets? Did you know that the Great Mosque of Córdoba (La Mezquita) is still one of the architectural wonders of the world? Its roof was supported by almost 1,000 columns of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite, and was lit by thousands of brass and silver lamps which burned perfumed oil. Did you know that education was universal in Moorish Spain, while in Christian Europe ninety-nine percent of the population was illiterate, and even kings could neither read nor write? At that time, Europe had only two universities, and the Moors had seventeen! In fact, Moorish advances in mathematics, astronomy, art, and agriculture helped propel the West out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance. Travel to Spain and Morocco in 2015 and 2016!