The Muslims of Medieval Italy by Alex MetcalfeThe Muslims of Medieval Italy by Alex Metcalfe

The Muslims of Medieval Italy

byAlex Metcalfe

Paperback | September 17, 2009

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This significant new work focuses on the formation and disintegration of Arab-Muslim rule and society in Sicily and south Italy between 800 and 1300 which led to the creation of an enduring Muslim-Christian frontier during the age of the Crusades. It examines the long and short-term impact ofIslamic authority and culture on these regions and how they later fell into the hands of European rulers, explaining how the Norman conquest of Sicily came to import radically different dynamics to the central Mediterranean. The change of ruling elites left a majority Muslim population under Christian rule, but the Sicilian kings also adopted and adapted political ideologies from south Mediterranean regimes while absorbing cultural influences from the diverse peoples over whom they ruled. This work provides an engaging,expert and wide-ranging introduction to the subject and offers fresh and clear insights into the politico-religious, socio-economic and cultural evolution of Europe and the Islamic world.
Alex Metcalfe is Lecturer in History at the Lancaster University.
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Title:The Muslims of Medieval ItalyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:September 17, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748620087

ISBN - 13:9780748620081

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Metcalfe has provided a welcome and up-to-date scholarly study of a unique and complex society that dominated the central Mediterranean, and ultimately fixed the dividing line between Islam and Christianity.