By Adnan Husain, K. E. Fleming

Modern academia depends categorization. it is easy to examine Africa or Europe; East or West; the center a while or the Early glossy interval. during this cutting edge number of essays, the Mediterranean is taken as a complete. The birthplace of the 3 crucial monotheistic religions, it's proven to be a unique cultural area characterised by means of hybridity, variety, and cultural dynamism.

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2, pp. 275ff. 40. See, for example, R. I. : Princeton University Press, 1996). The relevant literature is enormous, particularly for the experience of Jews in medieval and early modern Europe. Goitein seems to have associated the Mediterranean unity he perceives with this ostensibly liberal period of free trade and flourishing of the Jewish community of the Geniza, which together end in the thirteenth century. 41. Richard Bulliet, The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004).

106 30/04/2007 4:29 PM Page 32 32 A Faithful Sea being sighted. The city’s residents provided a standing army for his ceaseless battles. It seems likely that Frederick chose the location of the city in part for tactical reasons, in order to keep troops handy for speedy deployment. Frederick – to the much iterated consternation of the Christian hierarchy, including two successive popes – spent a considerable amount of time in Lucera. He maintained a castle there, furnished (reputedly) with a harem.

Official documents were redacted in Arabic, according to Johns, with little regard for the capacity of the public to read Arabic. ”25 That is, the efficacy of Arab bureaucratic culture only partially justified its use in Norman Sicily. The imported Arab functionaries and the language and bureaucratic forms they brought with them also served – even in the relatively pragmatic theater of domestic politics – an incantatory function. In the domain of intellectual production, of course, pragmatic efficacy may in effect count for little; perceived value gains in relative power.

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