When it comes to The Falcon of Spain, we many time are referred to an epic quote by Abu Jafar Al-Mansur. He asked his advisers, “Who is the falcon of Quraysh?” They replied, “You, O commander of the Faith!” “You didn’t answer my question.” Al-Mansur replied back to them. After some back and forth, he tells them, “The falcon of Quraysh is Abd AlRahman, who escaped by his cunning the spearheads of the lances and the blades of the swords, who after wandering solitary through the deserts of Asia and Africa, had the boldness to seek his fortune without an army, in lands unknown to him beyond the sea. Having naught to rely upon save his own wits and perseverance, he nonetheless humiliated his proud foes, exterminated rebels, organized cities, mobilized armies, secured his frontiers against the Christians, founded a great empire and reunited under his scepter a realm that seemed already parceled out among others. No man before him ever did such deeds. Mu’awiya rose to his stature through the support of Umar and Uthman, whose backing allowed him to overcome difficulties; Abd al-Malik, because of previous appointment; and the Commander of the Faithful [i.e. al-Mansur himself] through the struggle of his kin and the solidarity of his partisans. But, Abd AlRahman did it alone, with the support of none other than his own judgment, depending on no one but his own resolve.” Without a doubt this quote is epic. But, where did it come from? In this episode, I share that discovery with you.