The Rambam's early life was indelibly marked by one of the tragic turns
of Jewish history. Born in the Golden Age of Spain, when Jews enjoyed
nearly equal rights with their Moslem rulers, his peaceful world was
abruptly interrupted by the fanatic Almohad Rebellion which forced his
family to flee to Spain. Rabbi Wein paints the backdrop of the rise and
fall of Jews in Moslem Spain and shows the Rambam's place within it:
the son of a prominent Jew whose life and education took on a different
color forever after.