If you eat asparagus or if you start your meal with soup and end it with desert, or if you use toothpaste, or if you wear your hair in bangs, you owe a lot to one of the world greatest Islamic musicians in history! .( Keep in mind the Abbasids in the Arab were now acting like non Muslims with drinking and allying with France against the Spanish Muslims aka the Ummayeds and caliphate of Córdoba 🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸)
He was known as Ziryab (the black bird)
He was born in Iraq of African origin then moved to Córdoba, beside being the founder of one of the first music schools in Europe whose fame survived more than 500 years after his death, he exerted enormous influence on Medieval European society.
How people dressed, what and how they ate, how they groomed themselves, what music they enjoyed all were influenced by Ziryab.
Ziryab loved well-prepared food almost as much as he did music. He revolutionized the arts of the table in Spain, in ways that survive to this day.
He introduced standards of excellence in all these fields and others as well as setting new social norms for better hygiene, table behaviour and elegant and noble manners among the upper classes.
Perhaps, one of the first people in the world to stress seasonal wear and style, Ziryab’s ideas, his legacy for prosperity in this field has come down to our times.
His influence at court led to the growth of a medieval fashion industry in and around Cordoba. His ideas have come down to our times, he also found time to introduce the toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant.
Even more significant was the impact he left on our dining tables his introduction of dividing the meal into courses to be served in a specific order.
Before his time, eating was a freestyle event, even at the tables of the ruling class table manners were nonexistent.
From fruit and sweets to meat, all food was placed in one big heap on a table. Ziryab, invented the multi-course meal, beginning dinner with a soup course, then an entrée and ending it with dessert, a custom that rapidly caught on in the Iberian Peninsula then spread to the rest of Europe and is still used all over the world today.