A Faithful Sea: The Religious Cultures of the Mediterranean, by Adnan Husain, K. E. Fleming

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 sleek interval. during this cutting edge selection of essays, the Mediterranean is taken as a complete. The birthplace of the 3 vital monotheistic religions, it's proven to be a different cultural area characterised through hybridity, range, and cultural dynamism.

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Palatine architecture imitated contemporary Islamic models. The Norman monarch Roger II commissioned the greatest geographical treatise of the Middle Ages. 106 30/04/2007 4:29 PM Page 41 mallette: Insularity 41 translated into Latin for the benefit of Christian Europe. Norman Sicilian coinage bore inscriptions in Arabic; after Arabic literacy was lost in Sicily, during the reign of Frederick II, the coinage continued to bear Pseudo-Kufic inscriptions. Social and economic history can explain these phenomena to a certain extent.

106 30/04/2007 4:29 PM Page 40 40 A Faithful Sea creation of Lucera was contemporary with the crusades in both the eastern and northern Mediterranean. It coincided, that is, with an increasingly belligerent stance from the Christian population of Europe: an increasing willingness to make territorial claims in the Holy Land and (more successfully) in southern Europe, and an increasing technological capacity to forward such claims convincingly. But, alongside this hunger for land, Christian intellectuals articulated a hunger for knowledge.

106 30/04/2007 4:25 PM Page 19 husain: Introduction 19 religious culture, shaped through interconfessional encounter, and the counter-currents that emerge within prevailing discourses in the historical negotiation of religious identity. Anne McClanan builds upon the picture of the importance of trade and commerce as a feature of inter-religious contact by examining the traffic in special commodities which also conditioned developments in Tuscan devotional culture, in this case in its visual expression.

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