By Adnan Husain, K. E. Fleming
Modern academia depends categorization. one could examine Africa or Europe; East or West; the center a while or the Early glossy interval. during this leading edge choice of essays, the Mediterranean is taken as an entire. The birthplace of the 3 central monotheistic religions, it's proven to be a different cultural house characterised by means of hybridity, variety, and cultural dynamism.
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The interpretation of the play and hagiography contrasts them as reflections of the complex Florentine relationship with the Ottomans, built on privileged commercial trade, cultural exchange, and rumored political alliance. Interestingly, anxieties about this lucrative trade and such close economic and political relations produce a new narrative and imagery of the virginal heroine’s body, miraculously preserved from the carnal and mercantile lusts of the Saracen Sultan of Babylon to mark the integrity of Christian identity despite the polluting threats of trade in the inter-religious environment of the Mediterranean.
And the chief source for this knowledge was precisely the Muslims whose states Christian militia were overthrowing. Thus the translation movement and territorial aggressions of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries constitute two expressions of the same urge: a movement toward a more marked distinction between the Muslim and Christian communities of southern Europe, and a more marked cultural self-consciousness on the part of the Christians of the Mediterranean in particular. That is, the intellectual history of the period between roughly 1100–1350 – from the First Crusade until the advent of the plague – introduces subtle but decisive glosses to the social and economic history of the same period.
Even Horden and Purcell have identified our present age as a post-Mediterranean one, after its unity has waned slowly in the modern world. Similary, decisive turning points have been identified for the genealogies of violence and genocide against a persistent feature of the Mediterranean world, its diversity and heterogenity. The benefit of such a collection that crosses the boundaries of the premodern, from medieval to early modern, may come in recognizing and illustrating the way the longue durée of cross-cultural contact and interconfessional encounter has had irreducible consequences for the religious cultures of the Mediterranean.