The Near West: Medieval North Africa, Latin Europe and the Mediterranean in the Second Axial Age by Allen James FromherzThe Near West: Medieval North Africa, Latin Europe and the Mediterranean in the Second Axial Age by Allen James Fromherz

The Near West: Medieval North Africa, Latin Europe and the Mediterranean in the Second Axial Age

byAllen James Fromherz

Hardcover | July 15, 2016

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Viewing the history of North Africa and Europe through the eyes of Christian kings and Muslim merchants, emirs and popes, Sufis, friars and rabbis, this book argues that they together experienced the twelfth-century renaissance and the commercial revolution. In the midst of this common commercial growth, North Africa and Europe also shared in a burst of spirituality and mysticism, instigating a Second Axial Age in the history of religion. Challenging the idea of a Mediterranean split between Islam and Christianity, the book shows how the Maghrib (North Africa) was not a Muslim, Arab monolith or an extension of the exotic Orient. Rather, medieval North Africa was as diverse and complex as Latin Europe. Instead of dismissing North Africa as a sideshow of European history, it should be seen as an integral part of the story.
Title:The Near West: Medieval North Africa, Latin Europe and the Mediterranean in the Second Axial AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748642943

ISBN - 13:9780748642946

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