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Medieval Sicily, al-Andalus, and the Maghrib: Writing in Times of Turmoil
edited by Nicola Carpentieri and Carol Symes
Arc Humanities Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-1-64189-386-2 | Cloth: 978-1-64189-385-5

This book explores a millennium of literary exchanges among the peoples of the Maghrib, or westernmost strongholds of medieval Islam. In the seventh century, Muslim expansion into the western Mediterranean initiated a new phase in the layering of heterogeneous peoples and languages in this contact zone: Arabs and Berbers, Christians and Jews, Sunnī and Shīʿa Muslims, Greeks and Latins all helped shape identities, hybrid genealogies of knowledge, and political alliances. These essays excavate the literary artefacts produced in these times of turmoil, offering new perspectives on the intellectual networks and traditions that proved instrumental in overcoming the often traumatic transitions among political and/or religious regimes.

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