By Adnan Husain, K. E. Fleming
Modern academia depends categorization. you can research Africa or Europe; East or West; the center a long time or the Early smooth interval. during this leading edge selection of essays, the Mediterranean is taken as a complete. The birthplace of the 3 important monotheistic religions, it really is proven to be a unique cultural house characterised via hybridity, variety, and cultural dynamism.
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Under the Normans, though Sicily functioned as a Christian state, it witnessed the birth of an extraordinary culture of fusion. During the Norman era Sicilian poetry was written in Arabic; palatine architecture followed Islamic models; a Christian king commissioned the writing of the greatest geographical treatise of the Middle Ages (by al-Idrisi) in Arabic; and Christian monarchs surrounded themselves with Arab functionaries. In this essay, I will use the history of a Muslim colony created by the Sicilian king almost two centuries after the opening of the Norman conquest of the island – the city of Lucera, on the Italian mainland – to illustrate a pivotal moment in the history of relations between Muslims and Christians on Italian soil.
R. I. Moore’s The Formation of a Persecuting Society, for example, drew on and inspired a burgeoning literature and debate by arguing that the genealogies of modern intolerance and violence against religious minorities, heretics, and other social marginals had discursive precursors in the proto-national state formation of twelfth- and thirteenth-century medieval kingdoms. Subsequent studies of the social role of violence in the multiconfessional environment of medieval Spain have challenged the sort of analysis that connected medieval persecution with modern genocides.
Western Impact and Middle East Response (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002). Marshall Hodgson’s reflective use and definition of the concept of “civilization” avoids in his inveterately comparative and world-historical framing a narrow sense of the isolation often implied in the term “civilization,” and his articulation of the “Islamicate” as the cultural style divorced from religious belief is highly salutory. Nevertheless, the focus of his account is not self-consciously “the Mediterranean,” and medieval interchange after the “formative” period of Islam receives substantially less attention.
A Faithful Sea: The Religious Cultures of the Mediterranean, 1200-1700 by Adnan Husain, K. E. Fleming